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OTRC: 'Rocky' musical coming to Broadway, Sylvester Stallone involved

Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers appear in a scene from the 1976 movie 'Rocky.' (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.)

Rocky is "Gonna Fly Now" on Broadway.

A musical version of the 1976 movie, which was written by and starred Sylvester Stallone, will open in March 2014 at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City, according to Variety.

The musical got its start in Hamburg, Germany, last year and Stallone will get his first credit as a Broadway producer. The show will also be produced by Stage Entertainment USA, a U.S. branch of the company that produced the show in Germany.

"The reason I think it has worked so well there and why I think it'll work on Broadway is that, yes, it's a story about boxing, but the real story is actually an intimate, powerful and gritty and moving love story between two people who are both lonely and in a difficult place in their worlds," Bill Taylor, managing director of Stage Entertainment USA, told The Associated Press recently. "They rescue each other. It's very uplifting."

According to the wire service, the musical features music and lyrics by "Ragtime" collaborators Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and a story by "Annie," "The Producers" and "Hairspray" writer Thomas Meehan.

The musical has not yet cast actors for its Broadway run. If the show sticks to the plot of the film, it will tell the story of Rocky Balboa, a Philadelphia debt collector and small-time boxer who gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship. Rocky also falls for a shy and bookish local girl named Adrianna "Adrian" Pennino (played by Talia Shire in the film).

"Rocky" won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing at the Oscars in 1976 and Stallone received nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

According to the AP, when it moves to Broadway, the musical will continue to feature the film's iconic theme song "Gonna Fly Now," by Bill Conti, as well as "Eye of the Tiger," which was written for "Rocky III."

"Mamma Mia!" is currently at the Winter Garden Theater and has been there since 2001. It was recently announced that the show will move to a smaller Broadway theater.

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