Rocky, the new musical inspired by the classic film of the same name, will knock out Broadway beginning February 11 at the Winter Garden Theatre. The production's official opening night is set for March 13.
Featuring a score by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime) and a book by Tony winner Thomas Meehan (The Producers), Rocky is directed by Alex Timbers (Love's Labour's Lost) and features choreography by Kelly Devine (Rock of Ages) and fight choreography by Steven Hoggett (Once).
Conceived by Sylvester Stallone, who wrote and starred in the Academy Award-winning film, Rocky, which follows the against-the-odds rise of a Philadelphia boxer, had its world premiere in Hamburg, Germany last fall. Stallone produces the Broadway run, along with Stage Entertainment USA. Casting has not yet been announced.
Along with a brand new score by Ahrens and Flaherty, Rocky uses the classic song "Gonna Fly Now," as well as Survivor's 1982 anthem "Eye of the Tiger." The production also features a climactic boxing match in a regulation-size boxing ring. The Hamburg production starred Drew Sarich (Lestat) in the title role, with actress Wietske van Tongeren as his love interest, Adrian.
The Winter Garden Theatre is currently the home of the long-running ABBA musical, Mamma Mia!, which will transfer to the Broadhurst Theatre this fall.