Yo Adrian! Rocky’s getting a shot at Broadway.
He may be known as as brawler with hands of stone, but Rocky Balboa is poised to dance and sing on the Great White Way.
“Rocky” the musical is set to hit the Winter Garden Theatre in 2014, Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone announced Sunday.
“I couldn’t be more proud or more excited about this production and how my original story of Rocky Balboa has been brought to spectacular life onstage,” said Stallone, star of the 1976 classic boxing film, who won the Oscar for writing the screenplay.
“The story of Rocky was very much like my life at the time – starting out with nothing, having to fight for roles and recognition,” the 66-year-old Stallone said. “So I put those feelings into the body of a boxer and I had no idea there were so many millions of people that felt the same way.”
The actor who will play the musical version of the underdog Philadelphia pugilist was not revealed, but the book was written by Thomas Meehan and directed by Alex Timbers — both Tony winners.
The play will focus on the love story between Rocky and Adrian, said Meehan, describing the couple as “two outsiders, two lost souls.”
“It also covers the fighting in the boxing ring — a sort of David and Goliath story,” Meehan of Rocky’s once-in-a-lifetime shot against fictional heavyweight champ Apollo Creed.
Besides the series of Rocky flicks, Stallone is mostly known for action movies such as “Rambo” and “The Expendables.” But Meehan said Sly “gave some good notes” on the musical.
“It’s been one of the most exciting experiences working with Stallone,” said Meehan, who won Tony awards for writing the books for “Annie” and “The Producers” and for co-writing “Hairspray.”
The play premiered last fall in Hamburg, Germany.
Veteran Broadway composer Stephen Flaherty wrote the music for it, and his longtime collaborator Lynn Aherns penned the lyrics.
“Rock of Ages” choreographer Kelly Devine will handle the fancy-footed moves in the musical, while “American Idiot” choreographer Steven Hoggett will oversee the fight scenes.
Previews are set to begin in February with a opening slated for March.