Christiani Pitts, currently starring in A Bronx Tale on Broadway, will star as Ann Darrow, and Eric William Morris, who played Sky in Mamma Mia!, will play Carl Denham in next season’s Broadway musical King Kong.
The first principal casting for the show was announced today by producers Carmen Pavlovic (Global Creatures) and Roy Furman.
King Kong will open at the Broadway Theatre on November 8, with preview performances beginning October 5.
Written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) with a score by Marius de Vries (La La Land and Moulin Rouge) and songs by Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice), King Kong is directed by Drew McOnie (Strictly Ballroom The Musical). The creature himself is a mix of robotics, puppetry and stagecraft.
“When we first saw Christiani Pitts, she blew us away,” said the producers. “Christiani embodies everything we aspired to in creating a female protagonist who is relevant in 2018. She is an Ann Darrow for our time – plucky, courageous and the master of her own destiny.”
The producers continued, “Eric William Morris is a dynamite performer who will bring a fresh energy to the character of the shifty film producer Carl Denham. Eric effortlessly brings to life the unique and thrilling character re-imagined so brilliantly by Jack Thorne”
Based on the 1932 novel, the stage production of King Kong is described as “a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast. The story follows a young actress, Ann Darrow, and a maverick filmmaker, Carl Denham, as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the world’s greatest wonder. At the center of this 21st-century reimagining: a 20-foot high, 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of seamlessly integrated artists and technicians. King Kong is a larger-than-life encounter with a legend that’s always been too big to contain.”
Pitts plays Jane in Broadway’s A Bronx Tale, and has regional credits including Rent, Aida, Big Fish, and Cabaret. Her TV and film appearances include Elementary, Big Momma’s House 3, Like Father Like Son.
Morris made his debut in Coram Boy, and then went on to play the role of Sky in Mamma Mia! on Broadway. In addition to Off Broadway work, his TV and film credits include Mind Hunter, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Quantico, Blue Bloods and Trust.
Pitts is repped by Buchwald and Authentic Management. Morris is repped by One Entertainment and Abrams Artists Agency.