Broadway's 'King Kong's' modern spin on classic Hollywood tale

Christiani Pitts talks about what it means to her to be cast as the first African-American woman in the iconic Ann Darrow role and working with the massive 2,000-pound gorilla puppet on stage.
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We're N shying away from the fact that our main character cannotpeak. And our version, it is now a black woman who cannot find her voice throughout the entire S L she meets Kong, who can't speak. Wait a minute, wmi on. It's really hard to watch the 1933 version as son of color, but I think there's a so ofealinghat comes from our version when you can see it sole F on a connection of love and respect. EP moment before show time're with her as she transfer herself into character. Te us about your dressing room. You got all kinds of stuff in re. J a lot O gentle reminders of women that helped me get I have Fam myndma, my mom, to sort of surround me your Reporr: Kong CIN Jacob Williams showed us W the mahappens, this Gia seatsiden the audience. And this is where we D all the animatronic work of Kong. Come on in. And this isy rig. I control the shoulders, whi just like ourous, they rotate aallocket. And then I can turn the arms and gage the hands Now we've made it to the stage. I come out early sometimes and just sortf S in the nd take it'll innd pray for all the faces THA Goin to be outhere watching ??? let the night surround Y??? gently close your eyes ??? All right. Girl, how good ithis,right? That you are doing this thing you've bn wanng to do since you were a little thing. Yeah. It's real. Reporter: Right? T's barreng to see Broadway shows with Y and king his ear F, your ear hat it would mean when I get to be on Broadway and what show will I do and making you STA in the cold at E stage door to sign autographs. And I cannot beliet I get to do that. I get to G O andeet these kids and pts who hav beenng for me. Oh my goodness a dre cometrue Reporter: Do you know how proud your family is of you? Yes. Neverhe best singer, nevethe best dancer. I was never the smartest in scol but so lucky to have a dad like you and to have a mom like I have who told god loves you and god knows that you N whatever you put your mind to. T being the best but being the hardest working, becaufou guys. , you've had thisky since I was a little girl. Reporter: O last place I had to take my baby girl P of the empire state buildi the top of the world Oh, wow. Reporter: How cool is Thi this is the best day ever. And I said thatot since "King Kong" has started, but it like every day I'm living the dream. Literalln oe clouds right now.

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