'Rocky' musical's a go, creative team says
June 2nd, 2011
12:10 PM ET

'Rocky' musical's a go, creative team says

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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  1. Tully

    Love the original movie theme and hope the Broadway producers and writers manage to include it into the play. I'm interested to see how the show will turn out.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steve

    This is wrong on so many levels I can't even begin to comment.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Peace

    Self-important do()chebags like me like it in the butt.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bill

    Worst. Dance. Numbers. Ever.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mike Mazzla

    If you look at the story I can see how it could be a decennt play. The first movie there really was only the final fight scene...otherwise it was a story baout a loser, his life, falling in love etc. I dont think its such a bad idea

    June 3, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. Queenie Calaizzo

    We need more positive role models such as Rocky.

    I am proud of David Larry.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Queenie Calaizzo

    Stallone is my favorite actor.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Michael Queenie Calaizzo

    I love Rocky and am hoping this is for real.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. Gazzo

    I can't wait for musical interludes such as "Retards Like The Zoo".

    June 3, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. Could Have Been a Contender

    "These are my toitles, Cuff & Link
    They don't really say much, or even blink
    I bought em from yuse, at the shop
    I play with them and pretend they can hop."

    (All while holding them in his hands and making them "dance" around)

    This is sure to be a show stopper......

    June 3, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jen

    @peace tin tin is the 1 speaking poo to u. Tin tin is a @ssho

    June 3, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. Peace

    To "whoever", I have a job, thank you very much. I also have a phone w/internet which allows me to come to Marquee Land whenever I damn well please. Also, I am not the only one who comes here everyday, you must, too! So do a lot of people. When you grow up & own your own company, like I do, you'll find you can do as you damn well please! So in a nut shell, STFU & have yourself a good day!

    June 3, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • @Peace

      You are so full of it. Owning a hotdog cart isn't really a business. Someone that talks as much crap as you do is the one that needs to grow up. I don't post one here everyday but when I do read the articles, your bile is all over every one of them.

      June 3, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Myself

    GO ROCKY GO!!!

    June 3, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Angela

    I came across this cool video about the real fight that inspired Rocky – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQf1lrN6r0U

    June 3, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Oh Boy

    Proof that Hollywood and the like have run out of original ideas.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  16. John J

    Is nothing sacred anymore?

    June 3, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  17. Peace

    Big, buff guys & a boxing dance off ? (While singing, at that) IDK about this...?

    June 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Peace

      You really need to get a life, or at the very least, a job. Your sorry assed comments litter this blog everyday.

      June 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mr. Obvious

    Well I guess Tony & Tina's Wedding and Grease cast members will have something to audition for.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Evel Knievel

    Stupidest idea ever. Stallone can't give up milking this to death.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Rocky Balboa

    They must be mentally irregular or something but they got me curious. YO.....ADRIAN!!!!!

    June 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Randy

    This will be the funniest musical ever especially if they try to keep Rocky's strong accent while singing.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |

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