When Talia Shire’s Adrian asked her boxer beau why he fought in 1976’s Rocky, Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa memorably replied, “Because I can’t sing or dance.” Well, now he can.
Producers today confirmed plans to bring a big-budget musical version of the Oscar-winning movie to Broadway in 2014. The show, conceived by Stallone himself (who earned an Oscar nomination for the screenplay in addition to starring in the film and five sequels), had a well-received world premiere last fall in Hamburg, Germany.
The show features a book by Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray) and a score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Once on This Island). Rising-star stage director Alex Timbers (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, Peter and the Starcatcher) will oversee the Broadway production, which has yet to announce any casting. The fight choreography is by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch, Once).
Previews are slated to begin in February 2014 before an opening the following month at the Winter Garden Theatre. Producers of Mamma Mia!, which has played at the 1,526-seat Winter Garden since 2001, recently announced that the ABBA-based show will move to the smaller, 1,156-seat Broadhurst Theatre this fall.
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