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'King Kong' was a pioneering South African musical inspired by the life and death of the heavyweight boxing champion Ezekiel Dlamini. Billed as a 'Jazz-Opera', 'King Kong' featured music by Todd Matshikiza and lyrics by Pat Williams. The production was first staged at Johannesburg's Witwatersrand University Great Hall, opening on February 2nd 1959 and went on to take South Africa by storm. Nelson Mandela attended the opening night and is on record as highlighting the show as his favourite musical. The original South African production starred Nathan Mdledle, Ruth Nkonyane, Dan Poho and Miriam Makeba, helping launch Makeba's international career.

West End theatre impresario Jack Hylton was determined to bring the ground breaking South African musical to London, insisting that as many of the original cast members as possible transfer with the production. 'King Kong' subsequently opened at London's Princes Theatre on February 23rd 1961 and ran for 201 performances. Critics praised 'King Kong' for its inventive staging, stand out performances and vibrant score. Stage Door are pleased to debut the Original London Cast recording of 'King Kong' on CD. The recording is complemented with selections from the Original South African Cast recording, including many songs that were subsequently cut from the London production. 

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RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 28th, 2018


THE BODY IN THE SEINE
ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING


SELECTIONS FROM REDHEAD / LA PELIRROJA
STUDIO CAST RECORDING


JAMES SHIGETA
SCENE ONE / WE SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE


SANDHOG
COMPOSER / ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING

 


HALF A SIXPENCE
ORIGINAL DEMO CAST


MEREDITH BRAUN
WHEN LOVE IS GONE


PAT SUZUKI
COMPLETE ALBUM SERIES


MADDIE - DELUXE EDITION
ORIGINAL LONDON CAST


BLONDEL
ORIGINAL LONDON CAST


LOST WEST END VINTAGE
LONDON'S FORGOTTEN MUSICALS

 
 

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