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King Kong - 1961 London Production Musical

"King Kong brave as a lion

King Kong hundred feet tall

King Kong champ without trying-

That's me, I'm him. King Kong". 

Music by Todd Matshikizia
Lyrics by Pat Williams
Opened February 23, 1961 at the Princes Theatre, (London)

Including George Tyndale playing clarinet & saxophone.


Brief Synopsis

A musical based on the life and death of the heavyweight boxer Ezekiel Dlamini, known to his fans as “King Kong”. 



Song List

Sad times - bad times 
Marvellous muscles 
King Kong 
Kwela Kong 
Back of the moon 
The earth turns over 
Damn him! 
Be smart, be wise 
Crazy kid 
Tshotsholosa 
Quickly in love 
In the queue 
It's a wedding 
The wedding hymn 
Death song 
Info

 

Production Information Opening: February 23, 1961 
Closing: unknown 
# Performances: 201 
Theatres: Prince's Theatre

Production Type: Original Production 
Production Status: Closed 
Run Type: Open Run 
Market: West End 
Intermissions: 1 


Production Staff

Mackay Davashe .... Music Arrangements

Arnold Dover ......... Choreographer

Stanley Glasser ...... Musical Director

Stanley Glasser ...... Orchestrator

Leon Gluckman ....... Director

Arthur Goldreich ..... Settings/Costumes

Jack Hylton ........... Producer

Sol Klaaste ........... Music Arrangements

Kippie Moeketsi ..... Music Arrangements

 

All Cast

Patience Gowabe ..... Performer

Ben Masinga ........... Performer

Nathan Mdledle ....... Performer

Sophie Mgcina ........ Performer

Joseph Mogotsi ....... Performer

Stephen Moloi ......... Performer

Peggy Phango ......... Performer

Full Author Listing

Harry Bloom ................ Book writer 
Todd Matshikiza ... Music 
Ralph Trewhela .................. Lyrics additional 
Pat Williams ........ Lyrics

 

LINKS:


Author: Harry Bloom (1961)

TIME MAGAZINE, 3rd March, 1961
With notes as big as thunderheads starting and falling low at the end of the lyric, South Africa's King Kong was introduced last week to the London musical stage.  Drawn from life in the shantytowns around Johannesburg, it gave its West End audiences a chance to see the result of a big event in theatrical history: a superb jazz opera written, directed and produced by South African whites, scored, sung and acted by South African... 
http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,897695,00.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Kong_(musical)


http://www.militantesthetix.co.uk/zappo/kingkong.htm














 

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