“I couldn’t be more proud or more excited about this production and how my original story of Rocky Balboa has been brought to spectacular life onstage,” Stallone said. “The story of Rocky was very much like my life at the time – 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. Alex Timbers and the entire creative team have not only honored that original impulse, but have made his story as exciting, heart-breaking, and inspiring as it was when Rocky first went the distance onscreen.”
Tony Award winning writer Thomas Meehan, composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Aherns have teamed up to work on the stage production. Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine will choreograph, and Alex Timbers will direct the show.
The “Rocky” musical will begin preview performances at the Winter Garden Theatre in February 2014. The show’s official opening will take place in March.