Mar 14 - Sylvester Stallone turns his successful film franchise into a Broadway musical. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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STORY: The 1976 Oscar-winning film "Rocky," written by and starring Sylvester Stallone has now hit Broadway.
Stallone joined the cast of the two-act musical at the show's opening night in New York on Thursday (March 13) night.
The production, which first opened in Hamburg, Germany in 2012, took Stallone over 14 years to bring to the stage.
Although it may seem like this film wouldn't work with songs and dance numbers, Stallone said he has always thought the characters were very musical.
"When I was writing it I use to think about these like Marty (Martin Scorsese) and Mean Streets and West Side Story. And I always saw them as kind of poetic street characters. You know what I mean, so I thought this would be a natural - but no one else did."
At the after party, actor Andy Karl, who portrays Rocky, said he tried to make the character his own, with just a few touches from Stallone's film portrayal.
For Karl, recreating the iconic fight scenes came with some hard knocks.
"I had a black eye. I had a tweaked neck. Let's see what else I got. I got all sorts of bangs ups and bruises throughout rehearsals and stuff like that. But we slowly figured it out," he said with a smile.
The musical follows the story of amateur boxer Rocky Balboa who is tapped to fight heavy weight champ Apollo Creed. As he begins to train for the fight, which he is not expected to win, he falls for his friend's sister Adrian.
Newcomer Margo Seibert is making her debut as Rocky's love and said being a part of such a big production her first time out is thrilling.
Terence Archie was part of the original German production and said the universal story translates around the globe.
"Rocky on Broadway" is playing at the Winter Garden Theater in Manhattan.
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