Elbow, Massive Attack, The Avalanches, Justice to provide score for ‘King Kong’ musical

'King Kong - The Eighth Wonder of the World' will open in Melbourne in May 2013

Elbow‘s Guy Garvey, Massive Attack‘s Robert Del Naja and The Avalanches are amongst the musicians contributing to the soundtrack for a new King Kong stage musical.

Justice and Sarah McLachlan will also be helping out with the score for the show, which will premiere in May 2013 at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia.

The Guardian writes that the music for King Kong – The Eighth Wonder of the World is being arranged by Moulin Rouge musical director and Rufus Wainwright and Elbow producer Marius de Vries.

The project will feature new and old songs, including swing standards ‘I Wanna Be Loved by You’ and ‘Get Happy’. Scroll down to watch Justice talking about their contribution to the score, in which they say their songs are the “perfect match” for the new musical, because of their “theatrical and epic feel”.

According to the director of King Kong – The Eighth Wonder of the World, Daniel Kramer – who worked with Rufus Wainwright on his Prima Donna opera – the soundtrack will encompass “the classical strings of the ocean waves to electronica” and “the drum’n’bass of King Kong running as his fist pounds the earth”.