King Kong Orchestra:
The Band Behind the Beast
Musicians of Broadway takes an in depth look at the orchestra for the hit show King Kong.
A show with a, literally, huge star needs an orchestra with a huge sound. At 19 members strong the King Kong orchestra delivers not only that but shows it’s virtuousic chops nightly navigating a score that jumps from pop to orchestral or techno to hard rock at a moments notice. On top of a challenging score the orchestra is working in tandem with the many technical elements of this show including a massive video installation that takes up the entire back wall of the theater and of course, the 20 foot high King Kong puppet. Much of the show runs on a time code to accommodate the constantly changing video “set changes” that are not only enormous in size but also constantly in motion. The King Kong puppet also relies heavily on automation to move it’s huge frame not only around the stage but flying it 100 feet straight up into the rafters of the theater when it is not in use.