With Sister Act and Catch Me If You Can both nominated for Best Musical for the 2011 Tony Awards, it appears that stage adaptations of movies are becoming more and more successful. Perhaps that’s why a Rocky musical is currently in the works.
The Tony Award-winning songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime) are busy working with book writer Thomas Meehan (Hairspray, The Producers, Annie) to develop an adaptation of the 1976 Academy Award-winning boxing film.
The project began about eight years ago when Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone, approached Meehan about making a musical of the story, to which Stallone holds the rights. Last month, creators and producers held a private reading of the work.
“It’s been a long gestation period, but it’s come to be a work that we’re really proud of,” Meehan told the New York Times. “There was some worry early on — could we really make a musical out of a boxing picture? Could you make Rocky sing and dance? But when we did the reading, people were very impressed, and we’re going forward.”
The creative team hopes to bring Rocky to Broadway in the spring of 2013.