'Rocky' musical to get knocked off Broadway in August

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It looks like Rocky is out for the count.

The musical adaptation of the 1976 Sylvester Stallone film will close on Broadway on August 17 after only 28 previews and 188 regular performances at the Winter Garden Theatre. Though the show was able to perform at last month’s Tony Awards, taking home a prize for scenic design, a lack of best musical nomination and lukewarm reviews resulted in a dwindling box office for the show.

Stallone had adapted his own screenplay with Thomas Meehan (Annie) in writing the book for the musical, with Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime) penning the score. After a world premiere in 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, the show opened on Broadway in March with Andy Karl starring in the title role as Philly boxer Rocky Balboa.

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