Tuesday, November 22

Rocky the Musical to open in Hamburg next year

At a press conference in Germany launching Rocky the Musical Sylvester Stallone said he had always dreamed of turning his Oscar-winning film into a stage show: “I've always thought Rocky had the right stuff for a musical and have wanted to do it for a long time.”

It has been one of the highest grossing film series in history taking more than $1.25 billion worldwide with Stallone creating the story and directing four of its six episodes.

He said he wants the stage show to focus on the love story between Rocky Balboa and his future wife Adrian following the lead of Broadway production Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark.

Tony Award-winning songwriter Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty will write the musical score which will feature Gonna Fly Now and Survivor’s  Eye of the Tiger. It is planned to premiere the show next November in Hamburg.

Sly posed for pictures alongside the German-based giant Klitschko brothers who are producing the show. Elder brother Vitali is 6' 7", while his younger brother Wladimir is 6' 6". Between them they hold all of the belts in the heavyweight category.

As well as producing the show the duo are going to train the show's lead actor in an attempt to make him more believable on stage. Sylvester said he will also be taking an active role in preparing the musical's star: "I imagine I will be able to help the future star of the show to learn the body language of Rocky and to develop a feeling for the character. Boxers are always tense, always moving around, and each one has his own characteristics”.

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