Take a look at some amazing footage from the King King stage musical – now playing at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia – while listening to an excerpt from Creation Road’s interview with the show’s producer, Carmen Pavlovic.
Jackson Jones speaks with the producer of the King Kong stage musical, Carmen Pavlovic, in this Creation Road Radio Show King Kong Special Edition, about the development of the breath-taking musical and the creative team who made it possible.
After five years in development, and as the world marked the 80th anniversary of the original film, the world’s first adaptation of King Kong as a large-scale musical premiered on 15 June 2013 at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia.
The show features a cast of 50 actors, singers, dancers, circus performers and puppeteers; a crew of 76; and the most technologically advanced puppet in the world – a one-tonne, six-metre giant silverback.
Some of the world’s best contemporary artists, including 3D from Massive Attack, Sarah McLachlan, Justice, Guy Garvey from Elbow and The Avalanches have contributed new and existing songs to the musical landscape of the show, with Stephen Pavlovic from Modular People, the Sydney-based music label and promoter, a key collaborator.
King Kong first burst onto the screen eighty years ago in 1933. Conceived by its director Merian C. Cooper simply as a great entertainment – mixing horror, adventure, romance and fable – it became an instant hit on its release.
The story of King Kong has spawned film sequels and spin-offs, magazine serialisation, comic books, novelisations, animated television series, video games, theme park rides and numerous pop-culture references.
The King Kong stage musical is a dazzlingly original theatrical experience.
Dr Amantha Imber the is founder of the award-winning innovation consultancy Inventium.
She offers practical, science-based tools that her audience and clients can use immediately to get their brains unstuck, get creative juices flowing and uncover great ideas that will lead to business growth .
Amantha is a regular media commentator on creativity and innovation.
Creation Road is presenting a series of interviews with influential speakers in the 2012 Creative Innovation Asia Pacific forum. This year’s theme is Wicked Problems, Great Opportunities – Leadership and Courage for Volatile Times”.
Our first interview is with Baroness Susan Greenfield. The Baroness has been awarded 30 Honorary Degrees from British and foreign universities and heads a multi-disciplinary research group exploring novel brain mechanisms linked to neurodegenerative diseases such Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. In addition, she has developed an interest in the impact of 21st Century technologies on how young people think and feel, as discussed in her book, ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century (2008).
Creation Road Interview featuring Tania de Jong AM
Tania de Jong AM is a leading Australian soprano and social entrepreneur. She founded Creativity Australia and Creative Universe to inspire people to find their voice and to improve wellbeing, engagement and innovation in organisations and communities.
Creation Road caught up with Tania to discuss creativity and how it has influenced her many endeavors.