Rocky Musical – Rocky The Musical will open in Hamburg, Germany, in November 2012. Sylvester Stallone and World Heavyweight Champion boxers Vladimir and Vitali Klitschko made the announcement on Tuesday. It will be based on the Oscar-winning 1976 boxing movie that will be turned into a stage show.
Speaking at the launch of the show at the Operettenhaus theatre in Hamburg yesterday (Nov. 11), Stallone said: “To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud.”
As well as producing, Vladimir, 35, and Vitali, 40, will train the lead actor to make his boxing skills more believable to the audience.
Stallone will coach the individual who takes on the mantle of Rocky Balboa and will teach him how to move and act like the fictional fighter.
He added: “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.”
Vladimir revealed watching the ‘Rocky’ films with his brother when they were children inspired them to take up boxing.
The Ukrainian-born fighter said: “Seeing Sylvester Stallone in ‘Rocky’ when we were kids actually was the reason for us to start boxing in the first place.”
Tony Award-winning songwriter Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty will create the score for the film, but it will also include music from the motion picture, including ‘Gonna Fly Now’ and also 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.