Justice, Massive Attack’s Robert del Naja, Elbow’s Guy Garvey, Sarah MacLachlan and The Avalanches have all contributed music to a theatrical version of ‘King Kong’ due to open in Melbourne, Australia next year. The musicians have all created new versions of existing songs for the project, such as ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’, ‘Brother Can You Spare A Dime’ and ‘Get Happy’.
Director Daniel Kramer says of the music’s integration into the show: “Love and loss are at the heart of the story of King Kong, from the classical strings of the ocean waves to electronica, the drum n bass of King Kong running as his fist pounds the earth”.
Due to open in June, with previews in May, the show will also feature a one-tonne, six-metre tall silverback gorilla, described as “one of the most technologically advanced puppets in the world”. So when Kramer talks about King Kong’s fist pounding the earth, I guess he means it.
A 30 minute preview of the show is now playing on the production’s website.
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