Rocky, The Musical

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    Feb 16, 2014 5:26 PM GMT
    Will you see this Broadway show? This is Andy Karl, who at 39, after years in understudy roles and supporting roles and ensemble roles and replacement roles in long-running shows, is opening on Broadway as a lead in a new musical for the first time in his career. The show is “Rocky” — the Italian Stallion, you may remember, likes to train by pounding beef — and he is playing Rocky.

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    “Rocky” is different: a $16.5 million production that requires a tough-but-tender leading man who not only sings, dances and acts but also boxes, most gruelingly in the sustained 20-minute bout at the musical’s climax. Mr. Karl, who begins the show being demolished in a fight and ends it in a bloody mess after that final encounter with Apollo Creed, is in virtually every scene. And to the extent that the enterprise requires a certain suspension of skepticism (really? a musical of “Rocky?”), it also requires that Mr. Karl take possession of a classic role in a classic story that will always be indelibly associated with Sylvester Stallone. Mr. Stallone wrote and starred in the original 1976 movie (and its sequels), conceived the musical and is one of its producers.

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/theater/in-rocky-andy-karl-trained-hard-for-the-title-role.html
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    Feb 16, 2014 5:28 PM GMT
    I might be going, with low expectations so I won't be disappointed. Though I'm a sucker for sentimental claptrap, if he starts singing "Don't dream it, be it" while pounding a rubber carcass I'm heading for the exit.
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    Feb 16, 2014 6:20 PM GMT
    “Rocky” is different: a $16.5 million production that requires a tough-but-tender leading man who not only sings, dances and acts but also boxes, most gruelingly in the sustained 20-minute bout at the musical’s climax. Mr. Karl, who begins the show being demolished in a fight and ends it in a bloody mess after that final encounter with Apollo Creed, is in virtually every scene. And to the extent that the enterprise requires a certain suspension of skepticism (really? a musical of “Rocky?”), it also requires that Mr. Karl take possession of a classic role in a classic story that will always be indelibly associated with Sylvester Stallone. Mr. Stallone wrote and starred in the original 1976 movie (and its sequels), conceived the musical and is one of its producers.
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    Feb 17, 2014 4:17 AM GMT
    Improved Rocky:
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    Feb 17, 2014 5:27 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidGenerally, I'm not a fan of present day musicals, so I am not too enthusiastic about these kind of projects. If you were to introduce music to the classic story of "Rocky" I think it would totally rewrite the wonderful dynamics of the original film (not even going to get into all the sequels!).

    Speaking of musicals, I was watching TCM last night and they showed "An American In Paris" - now THAT's what I call a REAL musical! icon_biggrin.gif

    I sort of gave up when I went to see the stage version of "Thoroughly Modern Millie". It was high-school level. I'm with you on those classic musicals. There is nobody in film today with the grace and elegance of Cyd Charisse.

  • Mar 11, 2014 5:55 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidWill you see this Broadway show? This is Andy Karl, who at 39, after years in understudy roles and supporting roles and ensemble roles and replacement roles in long-running shows, is opening on Broadway as a lead in a new musical for the first time in his career. The show is “Rocky” — the Italian Stallion, you may remember, likes to train by pounding beef — and he is playing Rocky.

    20140216-KARL-slide-2SSN-superJumbo.jpg

    “Rocky” is different: a $16.5 million production that requires a tough-but-tender leading man who not only sings, dances and acts but also boxes, most gruelingly in the sustained 20-minute bout at the musical’s climax. Mr. Karl, who begins the show being demolished in a fight and ends it in a bloody mess after that final encounter with Apollo Creed, is in virtually every scene. And to the extent that the enterprise requires a certain suspension of skepticism (really? a musical of “Rocky?”), it also requires that Mr. Karl take possession of a classic role in a classic story that will always be indelibly associated with Sylvester Stallone. Mr. Stallone wrote and starred in the original 1976 movie (and its sequels), conceived the musical and is one of its producers.

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/16/theater/in-rocky-andy-karl-trained-hard-for-the-title-role.html


    I am a big fan of Andy Karl and I loved his acting in many broadway shows he has acted so definitely I will not miss the tony award winning musicals nyc that will be conducted soon in which he will play the lead role for the first time.
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    Mar 11, 2014 6:45 AM GMT
    Rocky on Broadway hahahahaha and I thought Spiderman was a joke