Sylvester Stallone, the Italian Stallion, is working with songwriters to produce Rocky for Broadway. A musical version of Rocky, Stallone’s Academy Award-winning 1976 hit, is in the works.
Stallone is a producer on the project. The musical is being developed by songwriters Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and writer Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray). Meehan told the New York Times he was uncertain in the beginning – until he realized the story was perfectly suited for the stage. Meehan told the paper that at first he thought that that was all the world needed… a Rocky musical. Then he looked at the film and saw the beautiful way it was put together along with the high emotion making it a natural musical.
Meehan said, “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.”
Apparently a successful reading of the work-in-progress was held in New York City last month and producers are hoping to premiere the show in Germany in 2012.
Meehan said that it had come to be a work that they’re really proud of. Despite the worries early on about being able to make a musical out of a boxing picture with a singing and dancing Rocky, it is believed it’s possible. People were very impressed at the reading and things are moving forward.
As long as all goes well with the initial German production, producers are hoping to bring Rocky to Broadway in the Spring of 2013.
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