Rocky, a musical? Who would’ve thought that was a good idea when the movie premiered over 20 years ago? Well clearly, Sylvester Stallone did. Will Broadway audiences be screaming “yo Adrian” at the end? Time will tell.
Stage Entertainment USA and Sylvester Stallone have announced that the new musical adaptation of the film, Rocky, will come to Broadway in 2014 and play the Winter Garden Theatre. To make room for the new musical, mamma Mia! Will move over to the Broadhurst theater. Previews will begin in February 2014 and opening night will be in March. Rocky had its world premiere in the fall 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, where it earned unanimous critical raves and continues to play to packed houses. but then these are Germans and their idea of what a good musical is can be summed up in 4 words Dance of the Vampires.
But then this is Rocky, the iconic underdog story that took Hollywood by storm and spawned 7 sequels and created Sylvester Stallone the action hero. so it does stand a chance of being an inspiring and engaging piece of musical theater, particularly due to its creative and inventive director Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Here Lies Love, Peewee Herman Show, Bloody bloody Andrew Jackson)
Press notes state, “Rocky brings to life the iconic and inspiring story of struggling small time Philly boxer, Rocky Balboa, who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to go the distance against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed. Both an adrenalin-infused spectacle and a surprising story of blossoming romance between two lonely outsiders, Rocky is a heart-stopping and viscerally theatrical new musical for everyone brave enough to follow their dream.”
“I couldn’t be more proud or more excited about this production and how my original story of Rocky Balboa has been brought to spectacular life onstage,” said Oscar-nominated Rocky screenwriter and star Sylvester Stallone. “The story of Rocky was very much like my life at the time — starting out with nothing, having to fight for roles and recognition. So I put those feelings into the body of a boxer and I had no idea there were so many millions of people that felt the same way. Alex Timbers and the entire creative team have not only honored that original impulse, but have made his story as exciting, heart-breaking, and inspiring as it was when Rocky first went the distance on screen.”
Here’s a preview from the production:
“We are very proud to be producing the new musical, ROCKY, on Broadway next spring, following its critically acclaimed world premiere in Hamburg last fall,” said Stage Entertainment USA Producer Bill Taylor. “The creative team behind ROCKY includes some of Broadway’s most sought after and superlative artists who together have crafted a musical that is epic and yet intimate, romantic yet muscular, much like the Academy Award-winning Best Picture that took the world by storm over thirty years ago.”
Rocky features an original score by the celebrated Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated songwriters Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime), and a book by multiple Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray, Annie) and Sylvester Stallone, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 1976 Oscar-winning Best Picture, Rocky.
The musical features choreography by Kelly Devine, best known for the long-running Broadway hit Rock of Ages, and fight choreography by Steven Hoggett, who received a Tony Award nomination for his work on Once.
ROCKY on-sale dates, performance schedule, and ticket information will be announced shortly. To sign up for ticket updates, register at http://www.RockyBroadway.com