'Rocky' knocked out of Broadway gig

Posted: July 18, 2014

QUESTION: WHAT has the Broadway ticket-buying public achieved that Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago, Tommy Gunn and Union Cane failed to?

Answer: They have KO'd Rocky Balboa.

"Rocky," the 4-month-old musical rendering of the iconic 1976 film starring Sylvester Stallone as the fictional Kensington ham-and-egger who gets a shot at the heavyweight crown, has finally been vanquished.

Producers of the $15 million extravaganza, starring Tony Award nominee Andrew Karl, have announced that they will pull the plug on the show Aug. 17.

Despite a book that's ultrafaithful to the flick and a thrilling finale in a boxing ring that extends from the stage into the first eight rows of the audience, "Rocky" never was a critical or box-office champ.

BroadwayWorld.com reported the musical grossed $626,984 for the week ending Sunday, playing to just 63.4 percent-capacity houses. Tickets averaged $81.50.

Not that this is the last we'll see of the singing, flesh-and-blood Italian Stallion. In March, one of the show's producers told Tattle that a tour was already being planned. Look for it during the 2015-16 season.

A new Dynamic Duo?

People Paper Comics Guy Jerome Maida has scooped the universe on news of an upcoming project from director Quentin Tarantino.

The auteur with a penchant for graphic, over-the-top violence will team with comic-book superstar Matt Wagner to create a graphic novel that has Zorro joining forces with Django, the anti-hero of Tarantino's 2012 hit film, "Django Unchained."

The folks at Dynamite Entertainment told Maida that the planned effort is officially being billed as a "Django Unchained" sequel.

In a statement, Tarantino, who will be part of the crew that will officially announce the project next week at the annual Comic-Con bash in San Diego, said he is "very, very excited about both this story and the opportunity to work with Matt. It was reading his 'Zorro' stories that convinced me what a good idea it was to join these two icons together.

"The story idea we came up with is thrilling, and I think it will be an exciting new chapter for both characters."

Juan fun night in AyCee

Angela Cottone, the sultry brunette seen intertwined with "Bachelorette" contestant Juan Pablo Galavis on Saturday night at the Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, is using her 15 minutes to spill the beans about her wild night.

Cottone told In Touch magazine that Juan Pablo "was touching my hand and my arm. I thought he was single!"

On Friday, Galavis, who was in AyCee to hang with guest DJ Pauly D (remember him?), tweeted how much he missed his likely soon-to-be-ex-main squeeze, Nikki Ferrell.

De Pablo's new gig

People Paper TV maven Ellen Gray passes along word from the Left Coast that Cote de Pablo will star in "The Dovekeepers," a four-hour CBS miniseries to air next year.

De Pablo, who spent eight seasons in the role of Special Agent Ziva David on ratings monster "NCIS," will play Shirah, whom a Big Eye news release describes as "a sensual, mysterious and fiercely independent single mother with uncanny insights and a quiet and mysterious power."

Say it ain't so, Lindsay!

Are we in danger of losing one of our national treasures, the inimitable Lindsay Lohan?

The paragon of discretion and feminine dignity is in London rehearsing for the upcoming stage production of David Mamet's movie-biz evisceration, "Speed-the-Plow." She recently told a BBC interviewer that she was thinking of relocating to London on a permanent basis.

"I've noticed here, watching the news, you guys have such a different outlook," she philosophized. "In the U.S., starting at 5 p.m. it's 'TMZ,' it's all these shows talking about people's personal lives. Here I don't notice any of that - it's news and politics and music."

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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