What Makes Rocky Run?

By Robert Ecksel on June 3, 2011

Rocky may be coming to Broadway. The 1976 Academy Award winner for Best Picture is being developed into a musical for the stage. In April, the creators and producers of Rocky, which include Sylvester Stallone, held a successful private reading in New York.

The project began eight years ago when Stallone contacted Tony Award-winning producer Thomas Meehan and suggested turning Rocky into a musical. 

“At first I thought, all the world needs is a Rocky musical,” Meehan, who produced Hairspray, The Producers, and Annie, told the New York Times. “But then I looked at the film. I thought it had beautiful construction and such high emotion, and it was a natural musical: 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.”

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning songwriting team behind Ragtime, are in the process of shoehorning the boxing film into a musical.

“It’s been a long gestation period, but it’s come to be a work that we’re really proud of,” Meehan said.  “There was some worry early on—could we really make a musical out of a boxing picture? Could you make Rocky sing and dance? But when we did the reading, people were very impressed, and we’re going forward.”

If all goes according to plan, Rocky the musical will open in Germany in the fall of 2012, and hits Broadway in the spring of 2013.

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