June 2nd, 2011
12:10 PM ET
You may soon be able to sit ringside on the Great White Way: a musical adaptation of “Rocky” is headed first for Germany in the fall of 2012, and then possibly to Broadway, the New York Times reports.
According to the NYT, the musical has been in the works for the past 8 years, and after the creative and production teams gathered recently for a reading, the crew is hoping to bring “Rocky” to Broadway in the spring of 2013.
Tony-winning songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime”) have joined forces with another Tony winner, writer Thomas Meehan (“Hairspray”; “Annie”), to hammer out a stage musical adaptation to the film.
“It’s been a long gestation period, but it’s come to be a work that we’re really proud of,” Meehan told the NYT. “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, and we’re going forward.”
He added that the plot is sticking pretty close to "Rocky," and although Sylvester Stallone, who wrote and starred in the Oscar winning film, is a part of the production team he’s not a potential cast member.
“At first I thought, all the world needs is a ‘Rocky’ musical,” Meehan said. “But then I looked at the film. I thought it had beautiful construction and such high emotion, and it was a natural musical: There is a David and Goliath story, a Cinderella story, a love story between two outcasts. It’s less about boxing than about finding self-respect and finding your soul mate.”
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