Mechanical gorilla in Broadway’s ‘King Kong’ had stage fright
The audience could’ve gone ape during a preview of “King Kong” on Broadway, we’re told, after the show had to be stopped because the 20-foot-tall, 2,000-pound mechanical gorilla malfunctioned Tuesday night.
The gigantic prop — which we’re told is “part marionette, part animatronic puppet” — is supposed to make its debut during Act I. But the prima donna primate wouldn’t go on.
Insiders said an air hose that operates some internal mechanisms was damaged.
But the production staff weren’t gibbon up that easily.
We’re told that after monkeying with the machinery, “Kong was ready to continue.”
A rep said, “Future shows will not be affected by the issue.”
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