Great ape, shame about the show
After a lavish, eye-popping opening night, the critics agree that the musical theatre production of King Kong – Alive on Broadway represents a giant leap for animatronic design. Alas, they also reached consensus that the $35m (£27m) show, despite its 900kg gorilla, is an outsized flop. The New York production was scripted by Tony award winner Jack Thorne. But once the curtain fell, the knives came out. “Though the ape is great, the score is wan and the plot a head-scratcher making for an incoherent theatrical experience,” said The Stage.