My Favorite Things

By Robert Ecksel on April 29, 2013
My Favorite Things
“I had no idea," Sly said, "there were so many millions of people that felt the same way."


“Rocky: Das Musical” recently took Hamburg, Germany by Sturm. With the imprimatur of Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko—who not only put their money where their mouths are but taught the German song and dance men to box—the improbable journey of “Rocky: Das Musical” continues, and the next stop is Broadway.

At the time of its star-studded opening, Rocky’s star and creator, Sylvester Stallone, said, “I’m so happy, it’s amazing that the Klitschkos are here. They are giving birth to something that is first on the planet. I’m proud of you guys, I’m proud of Hamburg.”

The Oscar-winning film from 1976 has had many incarnations, not least of which are Rocky 2, Rocky 3, Rocky 4, and Rocky 5. Stallone is a little long in the tooth for Rocky 6, so given the givens, a Rocky musical makes all the sense in the world.

Renamed for obvious reasons, “Rocky: The Musical” will hit the Great White Way, opening at the Winter Garden Theater in February 2014.

Old school lovers of musical theater might be up in arms, but the times are not a-changin’, the times have changed. The likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein are long gone, and the works they created, touchstones of the form, are bona fide classics performed in opera houses.

But fear not. “Rocky: The Musical” is chockablock with Broadway veterans. Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, who scored “Ragtime”, wrote the music and created the lyrics. Thomas Meehan, author of “Hairspray”, wrote the stageplay. And Bill Taylor, CEO and producer of Stage Entertainment USA, an old hand in such matters, is presenting the musical.

“This is not boxers doing a kick line,” said Taylor reassuringly. “It’s stunning movement representing some of the sparring and the fighting. It’s very, very cleverly created.”

“The story of Rocky was very much like my life at the time,” Stallone said, “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.”

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Stay tuned. “Rocky: The Musical” may soon be coming to a theater near you.

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  1. Pete The Sneak 04:33am, 05/01/2013

    Peter, interesting. I wasn’t aware that ‘Chequi’ Torres had choreographed ‘Knockout.’ Seven lashes with a wet noodle for me. As a boxing afficianado (and Boricua), I should have known that. Oh well, I was half unconscious (stoned) everyday during that time anyway, so even if you had told me then, I would not have remembered. Thanks for the insight. Peace.

  2. peter 03:10pm, 04/30/2013

    Jose “Chequi” Torres was the choreographer for “Knockout”.  Danny Aiello was convincing enough.

  3. peter 01:43pm, 04/30/2013

    I saw “Knockout” on Broadway many years ago. It was good. If that worked, so will “Rocky”. I hope.

  4. Pete The Sneak 12:12pm, 04/29/2013

    “Yo Adrienne”....Hmm, doesn’t exactly equate to the Linguistic, eloquent expressions of soto voce Shakespearean soliloquies in the Broadway of Yore. Which is probably why I will go see it…Heck, I remember as a teenager going to Broadway to see a Play called Knockout, which Starred Danny Aiello and I thought that was pretty good. So bring on Rocky! Peace.

  5. NYIrish 09:41am, 04/29/2013

    LOL Mike !

  6. Mike Casey 08:12am, 04/29/2013

    I’m working on my Rocky the Nutcracker script as we speak. (No, no, it’s a ballet).

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