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.
June 20, 2014
THE IDEA of "Broadway on the Boardwalk" has been a staple of the Atlantic City casino era. For decades, gaming halls have staged both Broadway-themed revues and actual musicals, from full-blown renditions to "tab shows" truncated to get gamblers back to the casinos within 90 minutes. But the Broadway-to-Boardwalk blueprint will be taken to unprecedented levels next month as the Atlantic City Alliance - the town's casino-funded marketing agency - stages a series of free Monday night concerts on the Great Wood Way. What makes the program dubbed (what else?
June 18, 2014 |
IT SEEMS AWARDS still matter. At least on Broadway. A best-musical Tony Award win has powered "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" to its best week ever at the box office. "A Gentleman's Guide," in which a poor man comically eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, took in $851,262 in the week ending Sunday, its highest take so far. Its rival "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" grossed $1,170,050 over eight shows, shattering the house record at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
May 2, 2014
DURING THE course of a recent phone chat, we only half-jokingly suggested to Betty Buckley that it would take up less space to list the things she doesn't do than list those she does. After all, the latter category includes performing in film, TV, cabaret, teaching and raising horses on her Texas ranch. And, of course, still being a vital part of American theater, where the 66-year-old actress has been an icon for more than three decades. It makes sense that Buckley - who created the role of Grizabella in "Cats" and was the matriarch of the family on the 1970s dramedy "Eight Is Enough" - would still be performing.
March 14, 2014 |
ROCKY IS going to run for years on Broadway. How do we know? At a recent preview performance at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre, the (seemingly sold-out) audience went wild when Andy Karl, playing fictional Philly palooka Rocky Balboa, drained two raw eggs into a glass. That's right. Hundreds of people - most of them adults - went bananas over a couple of cracked eggs. And that's pretty much all you need to know about the $20 million extravaganza that officially opened last night.
March 14, 2014 |
Rocky: The Musical opens on Broadway on Thursday night, and Philadelphia hopes to capitalize on yet another rebirth of its fictional favorite son. Tourism officials are working hard to generate interest in a Philadelphia Rocky tour, as well as to showcase Philadelphia's restaurants and culture. Their plan is that people will see the musical, feel the love, and then come to Philly for another dose. Visit Philadelphia, the region's official destination marketing organization, hosted New York travel writers before a preview last week.
March 10, 2014 |
Yo, Paulie, I hope this don't sound crazy or nothing, but I think I feel a song coming on. In the strangest pop crossover since Jerry Springer: The Opera, Rocky , the saga of the stumblebum boxer from Philadelphia, will open this week on the Great White Way. As a musical. But what brought this ungainly adaptation about? And why now - 38 years after the first film debuted? The project owes its life to the stubborn persistence of Sylvester Stallone, the creator and on-screen alter ego of Rocky Balboa.
March 6, 2014 |
The Broadway producer and casting director was coaching Germantown Academy students on the care and feeding of his Bat Boy: The Musical . The show is equal parts comedy and camp, but Dave Clemmons, who coproduced the original Off-Broadway hit, was telling his Fort Washington Bat Boy about the power of a well-timed pause. "Hold. Hold it. Beat," said Clemmons, 49. Then Sophie Hearn, 16, who is playing the half-human/half-bat lead, whispered a quiet "Thank you," evoking a poignant moment.
February 21, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Sylvester Stallone is squeezing the Rocky lemon dry. He keeps it up, he's gonna wind up with nothin' but a fistful of seeds, which he probably will drag home to Southern California and plant an orchard near Palm Springs and start selling lemon punch with Rocky Balboa's mug on the label. But right now, Sly has $16 million of OPM (Other People's Money) invested in "Rocky," a big, loud Broadway musical that opens March 13 at the Winter Garden Theatre. Spent a huge chunk of that dough on scenery that includes a rectangular ring that slides out into the theater, displacing the people in the best seats in the joint.
February 6, 2014 |
IT'S EASY to imagine celluloid boxer and Philly alpha icon Rocky Balboa on Broad Street. But Broadway? We'll know whether or not the ham-and-egger turned heavyweight champeen from under the El tracks can make it there when the musical version of "Rocky" has its Broadway debut at the Winter Garden Theatre. The show arrives after a 2012-13 tryout run in Germany. Previews begin Tuesday; the official opening is March 13. The theatrical iteration of the first "Rocky" movie began, of course, with Sylvester Stallone who, Hollywood lore has it, conjured the 1976 flick's Oscar-winning script in three days.