King Kong, a new musical that opened last month in Melbourne, Australia at the Regent Theatre, may have a Broadway run in its future, according to The New York Times. The creative team for the Australian production comprises production designer Peter England, creature designer Sonny Tilders, costume designer Roger Kirk, lighting designer Peter Mumford, sound designer Peter Hylenski, projection designer Frieder Weiss, aerial and circus director Gavin Robins, and puppetry director Peter Wilson.
Production designer Peter England discusses his design in this footage from the show's site:
Produced by Global Creatures, King Kong's lighting, audio, scenery, video projection, and scenic automation control was provided by Production Resource Group (PRG), who also collaborated with Stage Technologies teams in the UK, the US, and Australia on the automation system that controls the massive title character. Using the Sculptor toolkit (a proprietary plugin for Autodesk 3ds Max), Stage Technologies worked with the creative team to mock up a pre‐visualization to visually communicate the puppet’s movements to the various production departments.
Creatures designer Sonny Tilders discusses part of his process here:
Check out footage from the show, courtesy of Playbill.com: