Yay, Nay, or Maybe: A Rocky Musical?

by | Jun 4th, 2011 | 7:37PM | Filed under: News, Quizzes, Contests & Polls

There was a time when Hollywood went to Broadway to find big, dazzling musicals to make into movies like The Sound of Music, The Music Man, and My Fair Lady.

But over the past decade the flow has definitely reversed–following the success of Mel Brooks’ The Producers in 2001 and John Water’s Hairspray in 2002, films like Billy Elliot, 9 to 5, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde, Sister Act, and most recently Catch Me if You Can have gone from screen to stage (and sometimes back again to screen).

So are you ready for Rocky: The Musical?

According to The New York Times, producer Sylvester Stallone has been knocking around the idea for about eight years, and following a successful private reading of the musical earlier this year, it looks like Sly is moving ahead on the project. The songs are from Tony-winning Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Seussical) and the book is by Tony-winning Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray).

Stallone and that creative team hope to debut Rocky: The Musical in the fall of 2012 in Germany and then, if all goes well, bring it to Broadway the following spring of 2013. At this early stage there have been no announcements about casting.

So what say you all? Not just about the idea of a Rocky: Musical, but let’s hear some song suggestions! ”Cut Me, Mick (Like You Used To)”? “Adrian! (Rocky!) Adrian!”? “Listen to the Music of the Fight”? “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Apollo?” “I Could have Punched All Night”? “Defying Clubber”?

And if Rocky makes it, what other seemingly unlikely non-musical movies would you like to see become Broadway musicals?

Vote in the poll, and then explain your “yay,” “nay,” or “maybe” in the comments below!

Does a Broadway musical version of Rocky sound like a good idea?

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8 Responses to “Yay, Nay, or Maybe: A Rocky Musical?”

  1. Matthew the Movie Geek
    Posted on June 5, 2011 at 10:52 am

    (IS really, really kidding)

    The Matrix with such great hits as…

    ‘Woah…’, ‘I Know Kung-Fu’, ‘Follow the White Rabbit’, ‘Blue or Red?’, and many others…

    (continuing the Keannu route…)

    Bill and Ted’s Awesome Musical, which hits such as…

    ‘Woah…Dude…’, “Excellent!’, ‘The Evil Us-es!’, ‘I Beat Death at Chess’

    In seriousness…I got nothing right now…

  2. Locke Peterseim
    Locke Peterseim
    Posted on June 5, 2011 at 11:18 am

    OMG yes, Matthew. A Matrix musical? With live on-stage slo-mo “bullet time” acted out (maybe by MIMES)? That would make Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark look like Hello Dolly!

    And honestly a Bill and Ted Musical doesn’t sound like the worst idea ever, lol

  3. Matthew the Movie Geek
    Posted on June 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    It could be like what they did with that one Asian Ping Pong Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeH2EbBGrZQ !

    And yeah, Bill and Ted the Musical would be horrible…

  4. Fiirvoen
    Posted on June 7, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Matthew! I was thinking the exact same thing!

  5. Robert
    Posted on June 14, 2011 at 6:44 am

    This is the same team that turned Ragtime into a GREAT musical. I am a HUGE musical fan (even have German, Russian, and French musicals on my iPod), and I know you can make a great musical version of any kind of story. It’s all about the great characters, great music, and great lyrics. Rocky is a great story, and in the right hands could make a very moving musical.

  6. slstrout
    Posted on June 14, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Bad idea!!! Rocky is Rocky…Sorry, but we do not need anybody dancing in a ballet outfit to the “Rocky Theme Song…” To me this would be hipocritical to say the least!!!!….Lets hope a musical does not happen in our lifetime…Somethings just are not to be messed with….Rocky is one of these things….Steve

  7. Lee
    Posted on June 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    There isn’t enough idiotic lame garbage coming out of Hollywood, now Broadway, not that they haven’t had their share of bonehead ideas before but, “Rocky The Musical”, really, I tell ya, the drugs people are doing out there today, are just plain scary. It is truly a sign of the unraveling depths that the entertainment industry is on the verge of. Does the term, “grabbing at straws”, come into play for anyone but me?I always thought the reason to go see any production be it live or film was to be thrilled, amazed, gain insight, or leave the theater with some kind of message. Here, this makes about as much sense, lets try it on, why not make the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, into a musical. At least if they’re gonna butcher something, do it on a real grand scale.

  8. Matthew the Movie Geek
    Posted on June 15, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    To slstrout: Not all musicals are ballets.

    Now…If Rocky were to be done, it would probably be done best in a rock fashion, something like Rent.