Stage veteran Andy Karl will jog just around the corner in New York City for his next role. Currently playing the part of Tommy DeVito in the smash production of “Jersey Boys” at the August Wilson Theatre on West 52nd Street, Karl will soon step into the ring at the Winter Garden Theatre in the role of the “Italian Stallion” in the forthcoming “Rocky” musical.
Karl has Rocky Balboa’s creator, actor Sylvester Stallone in his corner. The “Rocky” originator tells Broadway.com that Karl “has what it takes,” to pull off the role. Stallone says with Karl, “there’s no arrogance, there’s a natural humility about him, and that’s what is important.”
The production is bringing a who’s-who of Broadway veterans to the project. The musical will be directed by Alex Timbers who was responsible for staging “The Pee-Wee Herman Show.” The musical score is being composed by the Tony-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and a book by Tony winner Thomas Meehan and Stallone, who was nominated for an Oscar for the 1976 movie screenplay. Boxing choreography is being staged by Steven Hoggett, who was responsible for “American Idiot.”
And who will play Adrian to Karl’s Rocky? Margo Seibert is making her Great White Way debut as Paulie’s sister, pet-shop clerk and the love-shy Adrian. Seibert has appeared in regional theater and is starring in “Tamar of the River,” off-Broadway. Karl has appeared on Broadway in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “9 to 5,” “Legally Blonde,” “Wicked” and “Saturday Night Fever.”
The musical adaptation of the movie is expected to stay close to 1976 movie plot but Rocky’s title bout with Apollo Creed will take place at Madison Square Garden instead of Philadelphia.
The curtain will go up on the production on February 11th with previews with an official opening night set for March 13 at the Winter Garden.