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Sly Stallone Working On “Rocky” Musical Adaptation [VIDEOS]

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Though he may be considered a joke as an actor, Sylvester Stallone can really tell a story.  He’s entirely underrated as a writer and director, with many people forgetting that he wrote an Academy Award winner, “Rocky”.  After “Rocky II”, the series took a bad turn with the remaining sequels until Stallone finished off the series with the heartfelt and redeeming “Rocky Balboa”.  A perfect way to cap off the series, it was apparently only the end of the cinematic Rocky.  The Itallian Stallion is returning to theaters, but on stage as a new musical. 

Stallone is teaming up with “The Producers” writer Thomas Meehan and director Alex Timbers to create “Rocky: The Musical” that will include several songs from the film series like “Gonna Fly Now” and “Eye of the Tiger” (videos of these below).  Stallone had said the musical will not focus on the traditional underdog story from the film, but more on the love story between Rocky and Adrian,

“At the end of the day, Rocky is a love story and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian,” said Stallone. “To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud. And it would make Rocky proud.”

Stallone intends to release the $15 million musical this time next year in Hamburg, Germany… IN GERMAN!  The English version of the show will debut later in the states and go on tour.

via Hollywood Reporter

Now, if for some reason you’re not familiar with the “Rocky” franchise, do yourself a favor and check out the first three films, act like four and five don’t exist, and finish it up with “Rocky Balboa”.

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