Sylvester Stallone Announces Rocky The Musical's Broadway Debut
Production includes World heavyweight champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko as co-producers
He’s pretty much exhausted the films, so where next can Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky franchise go? To the stage of course! Rocky The Musical has already made its debut in Hamburg, Germany, opening there last year; however it’s going to be arriving on the biggest theater stage of all from February as it graces Broadway.
The show will take place at the Winter Garden Theatre, according to the BBC. It’s been co-produced by Stallone himself, though also with the slightly bizarre teaming of Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko helping out on production credits too. In fairness to the Ukrainian heavyweight boxers (and holders of all four major World title belts between them) they were on hand largely to help train the actors in movement and positioning for their roles, in order to make the choreography as authentic as possible (which’ll instantly make it more authentic than any of the movies, which saw Stallone absorb so many head shots that by rights he should’ve gone the same way as Apollo Creed did in Rocky IV, long before even reaching the fourth film.)
Of the Klitschko involvement Bill Taylor sad "This is not boxers doing a kick line," the managing director of co-producers Stage Entertainment USA adding. "It's stunning movement representing some of the sparring and the fighting. It's very, very cleverly created." The script has been written by Thomas Meehan, who can list the stage versions of The Producers and Hairspray to his credit.
Sylvester Stallone's Rocky makes its Broadway debut next year