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!