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"Rocky" Knocked Out on Broadway

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The South Philly “Italian Stallion” has gone the distance on Broadway and Rocky Balboa will hang up his gloves next month. The Broadway musical “Rocky” based on Sylvester Stallone’s 1976 Academy Award-winning movie is down for the count announcing that it will drop the curtain on the production at the Winter Garden Theatre on August 17th. The production will go dark on the Great White Way after 28 previews and 188 regular performances.

Despite eager anticipation of the musical “Rocky,” the production has been suffering from declining box office receipts. Word of Rocky’s demise came a day after the Tupac Shakur musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me” announced the curtain will fall on its production on Sunday.

“Rocky” received its world stage premiere in 2012 in Germany where it continued to play to packed audiences. The musical stayed close to Stallone’s screenplay of amateur boxer and debt collector Rocky Balboa, who gets the shot to fight the undefeated heavyweight champion. The show opened on Broadway on March 13th, 2014 featuring a score by the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, story by Thomas Meehan who wrote “Hairspray” and directed by Alex Timbers.

Despite weak and mixed reviews along with poor ticket sales, the production received four Tony nominations this year, including Andy Karl in the role of Rocky and for choreographers Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine. The show scored a Tony for scenic designer Christopher Barreca.

According to Broadway sources, the show only broke the coveted $1-million-mark once and was recently only living up to half of its box office potential.

The producers are exploring the possibility of a national tour of the production as well as staging the show internationally.

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