Tix for Broadway Premiere of Rocky the Musical Will Go on Sale Sept. 8
By Adam Hetrick
Tickets for the Broadway premiere of Rocky the Musical, the new stage production based on the Academy Award-winning film, will go on sale Sept. 8 to members of the general public. Performances begin Feb. 11, 2014, at the Winter Garden Theatre.
Featuring a score by Ragtime Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Rocky will officially open March 13, 2014. It has a book by Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, Hairspray).
"Rocky" creator/star Sylvester Stallone produces the stage production along with Stage Entertainment.
Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Peter and the Starcatcher, Here Lies Love) directs. Tickets will be available at Telecharge.com.
Casting will be announced shortly.
The musical premiered in Hamburg, Germany, last fall. The Hamburg production is performed in the German language, but was first written in English by its American writers. A cast album is currently available.
"I couldn't be more proud or more excited about this production and how my original story of Rocky Balboa has been brought to spectacular life onstage," Stallone said in a statment. "The story of Rocky was very much like my life at the time – starting out with nothing, having to fight for roles and recognition. So I put those feelings into the body of a boxer and I had no idea there were so many millions of people that felt the same way. Alex Timbers and the entire creative team have not only honored that original impulse, but have made his story as exciting, heart-breaking, and inspiring as it was when Rocky first went the distance on screen."
The German production stars Drew Sarich, the American actor who has had a prolific career on the German stage, starring there in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables. He last appeared on Broadway in the 2006 revival of Les Misérables and Elton John's Lestat.
The production has boxing choreography by 2012 Once Tony Award nominee Steven Hoggett. Kelly Devine (Rock of Ages) is the choreographer.
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