Director/Choreographer Drew McOnie at opening night of "King Kong" on Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/WireImage)
“We tamed the beast—you and I—we brought him to this city,” crows Carl Denham, the filmmaker and impresario in the new Broadway musical “King Kong.” The production’s beast tamer, as it were, is 33-year-old English choreographer-director Drew McOnie. In his Broadway debut, McOnie has been charged with steering one of the season’s biggest financial and logistical risks into port: a $35 million spectacle about a giant gorilla and the starlet he (it?) loves. The reason he was chosen? He saw a way to soothe the beast with dance. The question is whether the twinkle-toed gorilla will win over audiences as…

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