Sylvester Stallone - Rocky The Musical heading to Broadway

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'Rocky The Musical' is set to hit Broadway.

Sylvester Stallone - who wrote the script and played the underdog boxer in the original Oscar-winning film in 1976 - has been working hard to bring the show to New York City and the plan is for the production to open at the Winter Garden theatre by next February.

The musical is a joint venture between Stallone and World Heavyweight Champion boxing brothers Vladimir and Vitali Klitschko and it debuted in Hamburg, Germany, last November and following the huge success it has enjoyed, producers were inspired to bring the show to an American audience.

Bill Taylor, Managing director of co-producers Stage Entertainment USA, said: ''It's a story about boxing, but the real story is actually an intimate, powerful and gritty and moving love story between two people who are both lonely and in a difficult place in their worlds.''

The story focuses on lowly ranked fighter ROCKY BALBOA who is given a shot at the Heavyweight Championship of the World by Apollo Creed - originally portrayed by Carl Weathers in the movie. It also focuses on Rocky's burgeoning romance with Adrian - played by Talia Shire.

Tony Award-winning songwriter Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty created the score for the musical, but it also includes music from the motion picture and its sequels, including 'Gonna Fly Now' and Survivor's 'Eye of the Tiger' - which was the theme song for 'Rocky III'.

In 1977, 'Rocky' won three Academy Awards - Best Picture, Best Director for John G. Avildsen and Best Film Editing - and the film spawned five sequels, all of which starred Stallone.

The franchise has earned over $1.25 billion worldwide.


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