Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out a first look at Christiani Pitts as Ann Darrow in the new King Kong Broadway show. To my knowledge, she is the first African-American actress to star in that role ever.

The original 1933 film featured the iconic Fay Wray, the classic 1976 version featured award-winning actress Jessica Lange and the 2005 version featured Naomi Watts.

Based on the 1932 novel, the stage production of King Kong is 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.

Joining Pitts on stage are Eric William Morris as Carl Denham and Erik Lochtefeld as Lumpy.

King Kong breaks free on Broadway Thursday, November 8.

Watch a sneak peek below:

Thanks Broadway World

Photo Credits: Joan Marcus/Broadway World