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‘King Kong’ at Herbert Von King Park

Can do no Kong

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King Kong ain’t got nothing on this musical comedy — in fact, King Kong isn’t even in it.

Two playwrights are producing an offbeat musical take on the classic film, “King Kong,” only Skull Island is replaced by a late 1970s Bronx and a sultry female rapper stands in for the iconic monster.

“She’s extremely beautiful and shapely,” said director and co-writer Alfred Preisser. “So, she’s not exactly a ringer for King Kong.”

The production merely takes a metaphorical take on the familiar tale of monkey and men.

The story, which Preisser penned with Randy Weiner, begins with three Jewish record producers, the Gold brothers, in desperate need of new talent to jump-start their failing label. Their only hope lies in a new and mysterious talent who calls herself Kong.

But Kong lives in a strange and new world — at least strange and new to the Jewish record producers — the Bronx.

“Our show is about a clash of cultures, they’re trying to save their label by doing what they’ve always done, by getting out in front and find the newest sound and turning it into money,” said Preisser.

“King Kong” at Herbert Von King Park [Lafayette Avenue between Tompkins and Marcy avenues in Bedford Stuyvesant]. July 30, 8 pm. Aug. 1, 8 pm. Free

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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