They’ve done it with “Footloose,” and they’ve done it with “Annie.” Now Broadway producers are hoping that they can take all the magic of the big screen once again and translate it to the stage. And they’re going to do it with a most unlikely film — “Rocky.”
The stage production follows closely along with the film, keeping true to the story of Rocky Balboa, the boxer who just wanted to be the best there ever was; and yes, all the while still trying to win over Adrianna, known better to Rocky as simply Adrian. But this time, it’s all set to music so that audience-goers can really feel the adrenaline of “Eye of the Tiger” and “Gonna Fly Now.” And they’ll also see some dance numbers unlike any of they’ve ever seen before. Instead of kick lines there are beautiful spars and fights, all in perfectly choreographed movement.
That choreography will be done by Steven Hoggett, while the score was written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. The story was written by Thomas Meehan, while the original screenplay was written by Sylvester Stallone. The Broadway show is also being produced by Stallone and Stage Entertainment USA.
This version of the show has already been tested in Hamburg, Germany, and was met with high success. Drew Sarich took on the role of Rocky for the German production, although no casting has been announced for the Broadway musical. Producers are hoping that the musical will be running at the Winter Garden by February of next year.