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Broadway’s 6 Most Magnificent Monsters

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|by Marshall W. Mabry IV |


In honor of King Kong’s arrival on Broadway

Everyone knows Broadway loves a good love story, no matter how abstract it is. But whether it’s the tale as old as time of a beautiful girl falling in love with a royal beast, or the story of the love someone finds for herself, there always has to be an obstacle to the happy ending. When a normal villain – like a Phantom of the Opera, or a witch turned Wicked – just won’t fit the bill, to whom does Broadway turn? A monster. Maybe a monster who wants to be a hero, a singer with a golden voice, or even a family of monsters. Here are Broadway’s six favorite monsters.

Christiani Pitts as Ann Darrow in ‘King Kong’ (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Christiani Pitts as Ann Darrow in ‘King Kong’ (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Shrek from Shrek: The Musical
Kicking off the list is everyone’s favorite Ogre, Shrek. Shrek is an ogre who just wants a big bright beautiful world for himself. He takes on never-before-seen fairytale worlds and, just like the hero he was born to be, saves the day with some help from his friends. Though monsters aren’t typically seen as the good guy, Shrek is the perfect example of an unlikely hero. 

The Beast from Beauty and the Beast
Originally known as Prince Adam, the beast is Broadway’s longest-running monster. As the 10th longest-running Broadway show of all time, the beast reigned supreme for over 13 years. The story of his quest for love is just as timeless as his beastly appearance, which is why he’s one of our favorite monsters.

Ursula from The Little Mermaid
Affectionately known as the most infamous sea witch of all time, Ursula is famous for her big voice, powerful presence and…tentacles? Armed with a magic shell and her two eel sidekicks, Ursula’s not a witch you’d want to mess with. Maybe if you’re good, you won’t be raked across the coals like one of those poor unfortunate souls.

The Witch from Into the Woods
Affectionately known as “Witch,” the witch from Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods is without a doubt one of the most infamous monsters in theatre history. Armed with Hamilton-like rhymes and magic powers to back them up, the witch is a monster in a good and bad way. She’s good monster because of the way she loves, but bad because she might love too hard.

The Addams Family
The entire family? Yes! There are too many members of the Addams family to choose just one. this family comprised of the living, the dead, and the undecided was bound to make this list. Known as America’s favorite monster family, the Addams family has been entertaining people for over 50 years. Based off the comic, TV show, and movies of the same name, the Addams Family musical played 772 hilarious performances on Broadway and became the first monster family of Broadway.

King Kong from King Kong: The Musical
Broadway has just witnessed the arrival of this one-of-a-kind spectacle. King Kong is bringing Broadway’s biggest monster yet, standing 20 feet tall King Kong is massive. Starring Christiani Pitts and Eric William Morris, this cast is prepared to tell the story of a gigantic monster with an even bigger heart. Currently in previews, with a November 8th opening, King Kong is set to swing into the heart of Broadway soon.

For more of the beasts – er, best – of Broadway, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in October 2018

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