“King Kong” has cancelled its Oct. 31 matinee to allow for “final adjustments” to the show before it opens on Nov. 8.
Producers Carmen Pavlovic and Roy Furman said the performance was cancelled to allow for additional rehearsal time, underlining that it was not due to technical issues with the production and the large puppet at the center of it.
“Kong is in great shape mechanically and the cast is ready! Giving these hours of additional time to Drew McOnie and the company will not impact the press performance schedule or the official Opening Night on November 8,” Pavlovic and Furman said in the press release.
The show will still play its Oct. 31 evening performance.
A previous version of “King Kong” premiered in Australia in 2013, but it has since been reworked, with a new book writer, director and songs, as well as a streamlined story. This version is opening cold on Broadway.
“Because of the scale of the production we couldn’t have an out of town try-out before coming to Broadway. We scheduled a reduced performance schedule during previews so we could keep working on the show while it played in the Broadway Theatre,” Pavlovic and Furman said.
Drew McOnie is the director and choreographer and the show is written by Jack Thorne, with a score by Marius de Vries, who has been with the show since the beginning, and songs by Eddie Perfect.