'Rocky' musical heading to Broadway in 2014
Sylvester Stallone, who wrote and starred in the blockbuster hit 'Rocky', is hoping that a musical based on his beloved boxing film will also be a hit on Broadway.
Producers of the 1976 hit said that they are planning to get the movie up and punching at the Winter Garden theatre by February following a successful debut in Hamburg last fall, the Huffington Post reported.
Based on the Oscar-winning film, the musical features a score by ‘Ragtime’ veterans Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and a story by Thomas Meehan.
Originally written in English but translated into German for its world premiere and billed as ‘Rocky: Das Musical,’ the show is produced by Stallone and Stage Entertainment USA.
Bill Taylor, managing director of Stage Entertainment USA said that the reason she thinks it has worked so well there and why she thinks it’ll work on Broadway is that, it’s a story about boxing, but the real story is actually an intimate, powerful and gritty and moving love story between two people who are both lonely and in a difficult place in their worlds.
The director is Alex Timbers, who directed Broadway’s ‘The Pee-wee Herman Show’ and directed and wrote the book for ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.’
The boxing choreography is being done by Steven Hoggett, who choreographed ‘American Idiot,’ ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ and ‘Once.’
“This is not boxers doing a kick line. It''s stunning movement representing some of the sparring and the fighting. It''s very, very cleverly created,” Taylor said.
The musical will be the first new tenant at the Winter Garden Theatre in years.