Sylvester Stallone Producing Rocky The Musical

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.
 
Yo, Rocky!  What about West End??

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The Flying Karamazov Brothers at Vaudeville Theatre for limited run

Take four entertainers who are musicians, comedians, acrobats, dancers, jugglers and philosophers. Add kilts, moustaches, musical instruments, two thousand cardboard boxes, tutus, topical satire and the ability to juggle anything.

Who are they? The Flying Karamazov Brothers. They don’t fly, they’re not Russian and they’re not brothers. But they are the funniest, most thought-provoking, kilt-wearing, clever idiots in town.

Direct from Broadway, this multi-faceted, mischievous and marvellous show at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End from June 9th, their first visit to London for 17 years.

For a strictly limited run you’ll be entranced by the wit, comedy and the virtuoso skills of these world renowned maverick masters of new-vaudeville in their new London home.

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Broadway Opening of Love Never Dies Postponed to 2011

Andrew Lloyd Webber has confirmed that the US premiere of Love Never Dies will be delayed until 2011.

The musical, which opened in the West End to mixed reviews in March, had been scheduled to begin its Broadway run in November 2010 at the Neil Simon Theatre.  That date has now been pushed back until Spring 2011 with the venue being held especially for the production by the Nederlander Organization. 

The statement issued by the US producers stated that the decision to postpone was necessary due to post-operative problems which Lloyd Webber has suffered following treatment for prostate cancer earlier this year.  Lloyd Webber is unable to attend auditions or be part of the pre-production process in New York due to his condition being aggravated by recent air travel and at the request of his doctors who have asked that he not take any further long-haul flights until the health complications are looked into.

Lloyd Webber is currently involved in Over the Rainbow, a BBC television series, in which he is looking for Dorothy for his new production of The Wizard of Oz – a commitment which was undertaken before the cancer was diagnosed.

A decision has been made to move West End’s The Wizard of Oz forward and to schedule Broadway’s Love Never Dies to 2011 thus allowing Lloyd Webber the freedom to travel to New York and oversee the auditions and rehearsals later in the year.  Lloyd Webber is frustrated at not being able to travel to New York but will focus his time on The Wizard of Oz and be available for the creative process of Love Never Dies in New York as soon as possible.  He appreciates others rescheduling their time to allow this necessary accommodation.

The productions in Australia and Asia scheduled for later in 2011 are unaffected by the changes to the Broadway dates.

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David Burt and Clive Rowe are to star in The Fantasticks

David Burt and Clive Rowe are to star in a brand new production of the classic musical, The Fantasticks is coming to London, opening in May 2010 at the Duchess Theatre.

Directed by Amon Miyamoto, a new production of this much-loved musical will invigorate and illuminate the show with fresh visual, emotional and musical energy. Designer Rumi Matsui joins Miyamoto on The Fantasticks following their previous collaboration on the Broadway production of Pacific Overtures for which Matsui’s work was Tony Award nominated. Lighting design will be provided by 2009 Tony Award winner Rick Fisher.

The Fantasticks first played in New York nearly fifty years ago and has since become the longest running show of any kind in the United States and the longest running musical in the world. It has played in over 2000 cities and towns in the States, and internationally, it has been staged in 67 countries.

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