Saturday, June 4, 2011

Rocky...The Musical?

Go figure, The Hollywood Reporter says that a stage adaptation is in the works:

Is Rocky the latest property to be turned into a musical?

Apparently so. Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning songwriting team, with Tony-winning book writer Thomas Meehanare adapting the Sylvester Stallonedrama for the stage, the New York Times reports.

According to Meehan and producer Barbara Darwall, a private reading was held in New York earlier this year. Stallone, who played the title character in the 1976 Oscar-winning film, is also producing.

And with the reading deemed a creative success, the team is moving ahead with launching the musical in Germany in fall 2012. The Rocky musical then may travel to Broadway in spring 2013.

Stage Entertainment, a European producer, is the lead producer, Darwall told the Times.

According to Meehan, the project has been in the works for at least eight years when Stallone, who holds the rights to the story, called him inquiring about making a Rocky musical.

-Joey's Two Cents: Oddly enough, I'd be interested in seeing it...thoughts?