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Rocky the musical is closing on Broadway

Rocky The Musical
Rocky The Musical
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Rocky The Musical is scheduled to close in August. Based upon the Oscar-winning film, the musical is closing just six months after it debuted on Broadway.

The show was co-written by Sylvester Stallone who made the film role famous. The show had mediocre reviews during the New York premiere in March.

"Any grumbling about the musical's shortcomings give way to open-mouthed wonder in its spectacular final 20 minutes," a critic generously remarked.

Rocky will close with its final Broadway performance on August 7th. The musical had 28 previews and 188 performances.

One day after the decision to close Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, which features songs by the late rapper Tupac Shakur, Rocky was given the axe as well.

Sylvester Stallone and boxers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko co-produced the musical. The show was set in 1975 Philadelphia, Rocky follows an novice boxer who makes it all the way to a heavyweight championship.

Rocky The Musical Hamburg originally premiered in Germany, in November 2012. Critics were pleased with the show and it got decent reviews over in Europe.

As far as critics in the U.S., Entertainment Weekly's Thom Geier remarked that that Rock was a "a technical knockout" and Variety's Marilyn Stasio called Rocky The Musical "a brilliant piece of staging" when the show debuted at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre.

Unfortunately, the music wasn't given such rave reviews. Written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the score was called "non-descript" and "inessential".

Rocky The Musical will gets "knocked out" of theaters on August 7th 2014 on Broadway.

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