Editor Pick
Editor's Note

We’ve seen him pummel Clubber Lang, and defeat a 6’5” Soviet, but we never thought we’d find Rocky delivering a one-two punch on Broadway. Co-written and produced by Sylvester Stallone, this musical adaptation closely shadows the 1976 film about a down-and-out boxer named Rocky Balboa who gets a shot at the big time. Stallone was able to convince Thomas Meehan (Annie, Hairspray, The Producers) to help with the book, which led to signing Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime) to do the music. However, this production isn’t going to be remembered for its catchy tunes, but rather for what visionary director Alex Timbers has brought to the table. Timbers, whose other directing credits include Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, Here Lies Love and the Obie-winning A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant, has injected this gritty cinderella story with huge, spectacular moments; the last 20 minutes see the theater transformed into a full-on boxing arena. Chris Barreca’s 360-degree sets are awe-inspiring, Steven Hoggett’s choreography is impressive, and Andy Karl is charming and wholly likable in this crowd pleaser's title role. We suggest employing some fancy footwork and snagging tickets to this one soon.

Mindy Bond, Editor

Lindsay Barenz


Winter Garden Theatre
1634 Broadway, New York, NY