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Soundtrack, Musical
Stage Door
September 28, 2018

Format: Compact Disc



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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. Stage Door now debut the Original London Cast recording 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. The CD concludes with a handful of bonus tracks including pop covers of "Back of the Moon" and "The Earth Turns Over" by Elaine Delmar and a jazz instrumental of the show's title song by Terry Lightfoot's New Orleans Jazzmen.

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.

In more recent times, 'King Kong' has been recognised for the pioneering role the production played in breaking down racial barriers, defying the colour bar and uniting black and white South Africans at the height of the apartheid era. In 2017 the musical was profiled by BBC Radio 3 and later revived in South Africa by the Fugard Theatre Company.

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Key Value
Catalogue number STAGE9057
Barcode 5055122190578
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 100g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Sad Times, Bad Times 02:30
2. Marvellous Muscles 02:15
3. King Kong 02:50
4. Kwela Kong 03:10
5. Back of the Moon 02:06
6. The Earth Turns Over 02:31
7. Damn Him! 01:04
8. Gumboot Dance 02:16
9. King King 01:47
10. Be Smart, Be Wise 04:12
11. Crazy Kid 01:16
12. Tshotsholosa - Road Song 01:37
13. Quickly in Love 02:36
14. In the Queue 02:11
15. It's a Wedding 02:22
16. Wedding Hymn 01:19
17. Death Song 02:28
18. King Kong (Reprise) 01:02
19. Sad Times, Bad Times (Finale) 01:35
20. Sad Times, Bad Times (Original South African Cast Recording) 04:00
21. Marvellous Muscles (Original South African Cast Recording) 03:08
22. King Kong (Original South African Cast Recording) 02:41
23. Back of the Moon (Original South African Cast Recording) 02:59
24. Petal's Song - The Earth Turns Over (Original South African Cast Recording) 02:20
25. Damn Him! (Original South African Cast Recording) 01:09
26. Strange Things Happen (Original South African Cast Recording) 02:45
27. Better Than New (Original South African Cast Recording) 02:45
28. Mad (Original South African Cast Recording) 03:45
29. Quickly in Love (Original South African Cast Recording) 02:40
30. It's a Wedding (Original South African Cast Recording) 01:47
31. Back of the Moon (Bonus Track) 02:18
32. The Earth Turns Over (Bonus Track) 02:13
33. King Kong (Bonus Track) 02:38