‘Rocky’ musical headed for Broadway
(CNN) — Rocky and Adrian are set to give their regards to Broadway.
A stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie is scheduled to open on the Great White Way in February.
Sylvester Stallone, who has portrayed the titular boxer throughout the decades starting with the 1976 film, serves as a producer on the “Rocky” musical, which opened in Germany last fall.
“Ragtime’s” Tony-winning duo, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, have composed the score, and Thomas Meehan (“Hairspray”; “Annie”) handled the book.
As Meehan told the New York Times in 2011 ahead of “Rocky’s” German opening, the production itself has had “a long gestation period, but it’s come to be a work that we’re really proud of. There was some worry early on — could we really make a musical out of a boxing picture? Could you make Rocky sing and dance? But when we did the reading, people were very impressed.”
“Rocky” is slated to play at the Winter Garden Theatre.