Somewhere in downtown Philadelphia, a down-and-out fighter named Rocky Balboa struggles to stay on his feet. But when the chance of a lifetime comes along, he takes his best shot at becoming a champion… and his last shot at finding first love.
The iconic underdog story ROCKY has inspired an innovative new stage production, brought to extraordinary life by a five-time Tony Award®-winning creative team, including director Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), and book writers Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Sylvester Stallone (Rocky, the Oscar®-winning Best Picture).
Both an adrenaline-infused spectacle and a surprising tale of blossoming romance between two lonely outsiders, ROCKY is a visceral and heart-stopping theatrical experience for everyone brave enough to follow their dream.
MEET THE CAST
ANDY KARL (Rocky )
Andy Karl can currently be seen in a return performance on Broadway as Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, following his critically acclaimed performance as Neville Landless in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, for which he was nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. A native of Baltimore, Andy’s parents enrolled him in an after school theatre program in high school to “keep him out of trouble” and what started as a way to channel his energy soon became a passion. After moving to New York a few years later, Karl quickly made an impression in the theatre community starring in Romeo and Bernadette, for which he received a Carbonell nomination, the Off-Broadway production of Saturday Night working alongside Stephen Sondheim and Kathleen Marshall, and his stand out performance as Luke, the thuggish rapper in the original cast of Altar Boyz. Andy went on to star in numerous Broadway productions including 9 to 5, Legally Blonde (ACCA Award), and On the 20th Century, among many others. His film and TV roles include Joyful Noise; Rob Reiner's And So It Goes (opposite Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton); "Legally Blonde: The Search for Elle Woods"; On the One; and New York, I Love You.
MARGO SEIBERT (Adrian )
Margo Seibert will make her Broadway debut as Adrian. She was seen in the Off-Broadway production of Tamar of the River at Prospect Theatre Co. Regionally she has performed in Candide at the Goodman Theatre/ Shakespeare Theatre Co.; In This House, Orestes: A Tragic Romp at Two River Theatre Co.; Arcadia at the Folger Theatre; The Boy Detective Fails at Signature Theatre; Next to Normal and Pregnancy Pact at the Weston Playhouse; as well as new work development at Playwrights Horizons, the O’Neill, New Dramatists and NAMT. She has appeared on television on “Boardwalk Empire.”
TERENCE ARCHIE (Apollo Creed )
Terence Archie will return to New York after originating the role of Apollo Creed in the Hamburg production of Rocky. Terence was last seen on Broadway in Ragtime and Off-Broadway as the title character in the critically acclaimed play, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, at Second Stage Theatre, a role he re-created in the show’s west coast premiere at the Geffen Playhouse. Other notable credits include Shakespeare Theatre Company's productions of Two Gents: A Rock Opera, Tamburlaine the Great, and Edward the II; and Arabian Nights at Arena Stage and Berkeley Rep. His TV credits include "Law & Order" and "One Life to Live." Terrence is a Detroit native and North Carolina School of the Arts graduate.
DAKIN MATTHEWS (Mickey )
Broadway credits include The Best Man (Senator Carlin), A Man for All Seasons (Cardinal Wolsey), and Henry IV (Warwick/Glendower; Bayfield and Drama Desk Award). His many Off-Broadway credits include Measure for Measure (Provost) and All’s Well That Ends Well (Lafew), Shakespeare in the Park; Where’s Charley (Spettigue), Encores; The Winter’s Tale (Antigonus) and The Cherry Orchard (Pishchik), Bridge Project at BAM and world tour; Freedomland (Noah), Playwrights Horizons; The School for Scandal (Sir Peter/Sir Oliver), The Hostage (Pat), Acting Company. Regionally he has appeared in over 200 productions, including All The Way (A.R.T.); The Nether, The History Boys, The Wood Demon, The Real Thing, Hedda Gabler (CTG, Los Angeles); Misalliance, Shadowlands, Major Barbara, Hamlet (South Coast Rep); Prince of L.A, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Old Globe); Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, Christmas Carol (ACT, San Francisco); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Dallas Theatre Center); and King Lear (PICT). Film: over 25 films, including the recent Lincoln, True Grit, Zero Charisma. TV: 250 episodes, including "Castle," "Two and a Half Men," "Big Bang Theory," and recurring on "Devious Maids," "Gilmore Girls," "Desperate Housewives," "King of Queens."
DANNY MASTROGIORGIO (Paulie )
Danny Mastrogiorgio is a veteran of stage, television and film. He was recently seen in last season’s critically acclaimed Broadway productions of Lucky Guy and Golden Boy. Other Broadway credits include A Steady Rain and Wait Until Dark. His extensive Off-Broadway work includes Burning (New Group); The Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick); Stunning (LCT3); Roadkill Confidential (Clubbed Thumb); Sailors Song (LAByrinth); Wintertime (Second Stage); Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (National Actors); Two Gentlemen of Verona (NYSF); ATOYD (Utility Players). He has also worked regionally at The McCarter Theater, The Long Wharf, The Denver Center, Old Globe San Diego, Pittsburgh City Theater, St. Louis Rep, and Kansas City Rep. TV credits include "Bluebloods," "Prime Suspect," "Person of Interest," "White Collar," "The Book of Daniel" (series regular), "The Unusuals," "Law & Order: SVU," "Criminal Intent," "The Sopranos," "The Last Don Parts I, II" and "Third Watch." Upcoming films are Gods Pocket and The Mend. His previous film work includes: One For The Money, Fighting; Beware The Gonzo, Backseat, Sleeper, Enchanted, The Producer, Blackbird and Dead Broke. Mastrogiorgio is a graduate of Julliard and a New York City native.
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
THOMAS MEEHAN (Book )
Thomas Meehan was represented by three shows on Broadway in fall 2012: Elf, Annie and Chaplin. Awards: 2003 Tony Award for Hairspray; 2001 Tony Award for The Producers; 1977 Tony Award for Annie. Other Broadway: I Remember Mama; Ain't Broadway Grand; Annie Warbucks; Bombay Dreams; Young Frankenstein; Cry-Baby. Screenplays: Spaceballs; To Be or Not to Be; The Producers. Opera: 1984 (world premiere at London's Royal Opera House, also performed at La Scala, in Milan). Mr. Meehan is an Emmy Award-winning writer of television comedy, a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild, and a long-time contributor to The New Yorker.
SYLVESTER STALLONE (Book/Producer )
Sylvester Stallone has established worldwide recognition as an actor, writer and director since he played the title role in his own screenplay of Rocky, which won the Academy Award in 1976 for Best Picture. Since that seminal motion picture, Rocky grew to a franchise of five sequels and in 2006 Stallone concluded the series with Rocky Balboa, a critical and audience success, which resolutely confirmed both Stallone and Rocky as iconic cultural symbols. Stallone also wrote, directed and starred in Rambo, which continued the saga of Vietnam vet John Rambo twenty five years after the debut of First Blood, as well as wrote, directed, and starred in the action thriller The Expendables. In addition to Rocky Balboa and Rambo, Stallone's credits as actor/writer/director are Rocky II and Paradise Alley. As actor and co-writer, Stallone filmed F.I.S.T., First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rhinestone and Rambo III. He also co-wrote, directed and produced Staying Alive and starred in Nighthawks, Victory, Tango & Cash and Lock Up, as well as starred in Rocky V, a film co-written and directed by John Avildsen. Stallone's numerous other film credits include Cop Land, Get Carter, Driven, Avenging Angelo, Demolition Man, The Specialist, Assassins, Daylight, and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. He has been honored with the 2002 "Action Star of the Millennium Award," the 2008 Zurich Film Festival's Inaugural Golden Icon Award, The Venice Film Festival's Glory to the Filmmaker Award, and Spike TV'S GuyCon Award. He was also the first inductee in the IGN Action Hero Hall of Fame in 2010.
STEPHEN FLAHERTY (Composer )
Stephen Flaherty writes music for theater, film, recordings and the concert stage. He is perhaps best known as the composer of the Broadway musicals Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Grammy nominations), Seussical (Grammy and Drama Desk nominations) and Once on This Island (Tony nomination, Olivier Award for London’s Best Musical). He has also contributed music to the Broadway productions of Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life (original songs) and Neil Simon's Proposals (incidental music). Stephen has also written four musicals produced at Lincoln Center Theater: The Glorious Ones (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations), Dessa Rose (Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations), A Man of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, Drama Desk nomination) and My Favorite Year. Other theater scores include Lucky Stiff and Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein (Chicago’s Jefferson Award for Best New Musical). Film credits include Anastasia (Academy Award nominations for Best Musical Score and Best Song, two Golden Globe nominations for Best Song and a gold record for its soundtrack), Bartok the Magnificent (original score and songs) and the documentary, After The Storm. Concert work includes commissions from the Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall and the Guggenheim Museum. Stephen’s songs have been recorded/performed by a variety of artists including Aretha Franklin, Aaliyah, Richard Marx, Johnny Mathis, Betty Buckley, Renee Fleming, Bryn Terfel, Audra McDonald and Thalia.
LYNN AHRENS (Lyricist )
Lynn Ahrens won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations for the Broadway musical Ragtime. She also received two Academy Award nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for Twentieth Century Fox's animated feature film, Anastasia. Her theatre credits include: Seussical (Grammy nomination, now one of the most frequently-performed shows in America); Once On This Island (eight Tony nominations, London’s Olivier Award for Best Musical); My Favorite Year; A Man of No Importance (2003 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical); Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life; Ragtime (2009 Broadway revival); Dessa Rose; Lucky Stiff; The Glorious Ones and MSG’s A Christmas Carol, which ran for ten seasons at Madison Square Garden. Upcoming in 2014: Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center. Film/TV: She won the Emmy Award and received four Emmy nominations for her work as a writer and producer. Credits include Schoolhouse Rock, Hallmark Entertainment’s A Christmas Carol, Camp, After the Storm and many others. She serves on the governing body of the Dramatists Guild of America and co-founded the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program for Emerging Writers. 2013 marks her thirtieth year of collaboration with composer Stephen Flaherty. www.ahrensandflaherty.com.
ALEX TIMBERS (Director )
Alex Timbers is a Tony-nominated writer-director and the recipient of Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as two Obie Awards. His Broadway credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony nomination), The Pee-wee Herman Show, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (also co-writer; Broadway, Public Theater and Center Theatre Group, OCC and Drama Desk Awards), A Very Merry Unauthorized... (conceiver; Obie Award and Garland Award, Best Director), Gutenberg! The Musical! (Drama Desk nomination, Best Director of a Musical), Hell House (Drama Desk nomination, Unique Theatrical Experience). Alex is the artistic director of the New York-based company Les Freres Corbusier. He recently directed the critically acclaimed musical, Here Lies Love, at The Public Theatre.
STEVEN HOGGETT (Choreographer )
Steven Hoggett is the winner of the 2009 Olivier award for Best Theatre Choreographer for the National Theatre of Scotland's Black Watch and was nominated for a Tony Award for Once on Broadway. Recent projects include choreography for Once on Broadway (8 Tony Awards), American Idiot, a Broadway musical based on the music of Green Day, Peter and the Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards), Rigoletto for The Metropolitan Opera, The Full Monty at Sheffield Lyceum, Let the Right One In for National Theatre of Scotland The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the National Theatre/West End. Steven is co-founder and Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly, one of the UK's leading physical theatre companies. Recent productions include Lovesong, Beautiful Burnout, Othello, Stockhold, Pool (No Water), Dirty Wonderland and Hymns. His other recent Movement Director and Choreography credits include Dr. Dee (Manchester International Festival / ENO), Hunter, 365, The Bacchae (also Associate Director), Black Watch (also Associate Director) and The Wolves in the Walls (National Theatre of Scotland), Dido Queen of Carthage, The Hothouse and Market Boy (National Theatre). Steven has also provided choreography in music promos for artists including Goldfrapp, Calvin Harris, Wiley, Bat for Lashes and Franz Ferdinand. With Scott Graham, he is the author of The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre.
KELLY DEVINE (Choreographer )
Kelly Devine is an internationally recognized choreographer whose work spans the mediums of film, television and live performance. Broadway: Rock of Ages; Rock of Ages 1st National Tour, London, Australia (Helpman and Green Room Award), Toronto (Dora Award nom.), Las Vegas; Jersey Boys (Assoc. Choreographer) and Memphis (Assoc. Choreographer). Opera: Faust at the Metropolitan Opera House/London Coliseum. Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages; Fat Camp, American Theater of Actors; Frankenstein; Anne Wrecksick. La Jolla Playhouse: Peter and the Starcatcher (in association with Disney Theatricals); Zhivago (Australia; Helpman nomination); and Private Fittings. Stratford Shakespeare Festival: Cabaret; Romeo & Juliet. Regional: Toxic Avenger (The Alley Theatre); A Christmas Story (Kansas City Rep. and 5th Avenue Theatre); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Kirk Douglas Theatre); Sneaux (L.A. Weekly Theater Award for Best Choreography); Wozzeck (San Diego Opera); The Wiz (Assoc. Choreographer). Film/Television: Dear Dumb Diary; Happy Texas; Zombie Prom; So Little Time; Two of a Kind; and Passport to Paris. Commercials: Cingular Wireless; American Idol Promo; Oldsmobile. Upcoming New York: Director/Choreographer Bliss- A New Musical, Toxic Avenger, Zhivago.
STAGE ENTERTAINMENT USA, INC. (Producer )
Founded in 1998 by Joop van den Ende, Stage Entertainment is one of the world's largest theatrical producers with bases in the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Russia, Italy, and the U.S. More than 10 million people visit a Stage Entertainment production or performance space each year. Headed by Bill Taylor, Stage Entertainment USA's team recently produced the hit musical Sister Act on Broadway. The show received five 2011 Tony Award nominations and is currently on its first national tour. Stage US is currently co-producing the Broadway-bound musical, Big Fish, and has several other new projects in development for Broadway and the road in the upcoming seasons.
PREVIEWS BEGIN FEBRUARY 11 •
Opening Night March 13
GOLDEN CIRCLE SEATING: Guests in Center Orchestra rows A-F will be escorted onto the stage to watch the climatic fight during the final 20 minutes of the performance. After ascending a small set of stairs, you will join this exclusive audience experience on bleacher-style seats. In order to be this close to the action, the show provides a free coat check, as you will only be able to take a small handbag or coat and will not be able to return to your original seats after the show ends.
BOX OFFICE: Opens December 20.
RUN-TIME: 2 hr 40 min, including one 15 min intermission.
AUDIENCE: Recommended for ages 10+.