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Rocky musical headed to Broadway

By Webmaster on April 29, 2013 / 1 min read

Having been a knockout in Germany following a successful debut in Hamburg, the musical based upon Sylvester Stallone’s beloved Oscar-winning boxing film/love story Rocky will come to the Winter Garden, New York, in February 2014.

Stallone, who wrote the Rocky films and played its boxing star, created the musical in 2011 with Ukranian boxers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. It opened in Hamburg, Germany, last November as Rocky: Das Musical to excellent reviews, which has encouraged the producers to open the musical at New York’s Winter Garden theatre early next year.

Watch: Sly talks about the themes of the story in this trailer ahead of the musical’s arrival on Broadway.

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.

Based on the Oscar-winning 1976 film, the musical features a score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and a story by Thomas Meehan, who wrote The Producers and Hairspray. Directing the production is Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), with fight choreography by Steven Hoggett (Once) and dance choreography by Kelly Devine (Rock of Ages). Originally written in English but translated into German for its world premiere, the show is produced by Stallone and Stage Entertainment USA.

The musical closely follows the plot of the Oscar-winning 1976 film Rocky, a rags-to-riches story of a club fighter and loan shark who makes his way to the world heavyweight championship. Stallone explains how proud he is of this production of his classic fable:

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.

Click on the poster for a link to the official website for Rocky on Broadway

Rocky on BroadwayRocky will begin previews in February at the Winter Garden Theatre with an official opening in March. Exact dates and cast have not yet been announced. Fans of the Rocky soundtracks won’t be disappointed either, ‘Gonna Fly Now’ and the anthem ‘Eye of the Tiger’, written for Rocky III, will both be part of the Broadway version.

Excited to hear the news? Will you see the musical on Broadway? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • TracySeptember 28, 2013

    I have my tickets to the opening night in Feb. I would love to invite Sly and his family to dinner at Sardis that evening. Nothing helps settle nerves like a great meal and good conversation (I promise the food will be good at least). I'm looking forward to an exciting, bucket list fulfilling evening watching Rocky on Broadway. Respectfully, Tracy

  • Jessica LewisSeptember 25, 2013

    Please, please, PLEASE come to the UK!

  • Randeep SinghJuly 7, 2013

    stallon My best wishes for ur future assingments, thanks for all the movies that you have given the world, i have watched every movies of yours, may god bless you with health and peace. good luck. Regards RANDEEP SINGH

  • SandraJune 28, 2013

    Hi Sly, I suggest a selection of some promotion for fans to watch the musical, what do you think? In addition to a wide dissemination of the musical world would be a chance to know you personally, kisses!!

  • אינסטלטור רעננהMay 27, 2013

    Great idae! Sylvester Stallone i love you :-)

  • james wiestMay 23, 2013

    Hi my name is James Wiest,and I am doing a report on you for school and was wondering if can find a part for me in Expendables 3. And you make great movies and their very interresting and im Italian like you which they call you the Italian Stalion.

  • Paul Lincoln(John)May 2, 2013

    Paul Lincoln(John) P.O. Box 5527 Newtok, AK 99559 May 2, 2013 To: Sylvester Hi, let me introduce myself. I am Paul Lincoln from the small village of Newtok, Alaska. My former name is Paul John, but I went back to my live birth certificate. Niugtag is a Yupik native for the village of Newtok, Alaska. In your recent movie, you and other guy mentioned my name and the Yupik native of Newtok, Alaska. Currently, I am residing at my home village and waiting for 2013 Red Salmon Commercial fishing season. Well, if you need additional movie actor for your next movie, please let me know and I am willing to try it out. I took 101 theatre class with Jane Lind-Garrison, and have an experience with acting. Paul Lincoln(John)-Anchorage, Alaska Note: For Anchorage Kids' shake, I am using Anchorage, Alaska instead of Newtok, Alaska. But currently residing at Newtok, Alaska.

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  • Brenda FoxMay 2, 2013

    I think this is a wonderful idea, wish I lived in NY so I could go see it. I'm sure that Sylvester Stallone is very proud that his movies have come as far as they have.

  • isaac borrelliMay 2, 2013

    rocky musical awesome good luck with it i think it will be a huge success i hope that you bring it to australia, because i will be there front row its one of my all time fav movie franchise

  • juliaMay 2, 2013

    I don't feel I would go to the musical. Rocky is such a big thought, its a nice way to respect the artistry that brought it to life but I think I will stick with the movies.

  • AndreaApril 30, 2013

    I hope the musical will arrive in Italy!!

  • PrateekApril 30, 2013

    Will this show ever come to India sir ? I would love to immerse myself in the world of Rocky :)

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