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Friday, September 18, 2015

Jason Robert Brown & Bridges’ Director Boards KING KONG: The Musical

Filed under: Performing Arts — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 00:19


Jason Robert Brown, the two-time Tony-Award winning composer of such amazingly beautiful scores as The Bridges of Madison County and Parade has been brought on-board to overhaul the score of the Broadway-bound KING KONG: The Musical. Kong originally premiered in June of 2013 at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, the same theater where Andrew Lloyd Webber’s re-worked Phantom of the Opera sequel, Love Never Dies, enjoyed a healthy run back in 2011. The Australian production of KING KONG  was scored by composer and arranger Marius de Vries, whose credits include the soundtracks for Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet. He created a score that featured revamped versions of 1930s Broadway classics like “Get Happy,” “I Wanna Be Loved By You” and “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” as well as new and existing songs from a mix of contemporary artists: Robert Del Naja from Massive Attack, Sarah McLachlan, Justice, Guy Garvey from Elbow and The Avalanches. Brown will partner with de Vries in revamping the score for NY. In addition to Brown, Bridges director Marsha Normon has been tapped to write the book and lyrics. No timeline for the show has been set. Watch highlights from the Australia production below:

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