A musical adaptation of the 1976 boxing film Rocky, which starred Sylvester Stallone, is coming to Broadway.
Rocky: The Musical, will preview next February with an official opening in March. It will be produced by Stallone, who helped write the original script for Rocky, which won the Academy Award for best film in 1976.
The show already debuted in Hamburg, Germany in November, where it was called Rocky: Das Musical. While the original version of the musical was written in English, it was translated into German for its initial run.
“This is not boxers doing a kick line,” Bill Taylor, managing director of co-producers Stage Entertainment USA, told reporters Sunday. “It’s stunning movement representing some of the sparring and the fighting. It’s very, very cleverly created.”
The German version of the musical featured some famous songs from the film’s original soundtrack, including Eye of the Tiger and the theme, Gonna Fly Now. Rocky: Das Musical received positive reviews upon its German opening.
Actors have not yet been chosen for the American version of Rocky, says Taylor.