‘Rocky: The Musical’?
First of all, yes, there’s such a thing as ‘Rocky: The Musical.’ The show, which was produced by Sylvester Stallone, is expected to debut on Broadway in the spring but kicked off a test run in Hamburg, Germany last night under the name ‘Rocky: Das Musical.’ So are you curious what the heck a ‘Rocky’ musical sounds like? And if this thing could possibly be any good? Read on to find out answers to both.
For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, the production translated the songs into German and are doing a test run in Hamburg before bringing the musical stateside. Starring St. Louis-born actor Drew Sarich, the musical has a predominately German cast (that we’re assuming will be replaced for the Broadway version). It all sounds a little…bizarre…but as it turns out, German critics ate it up.
Bild, German’s biggest newspaper, ran the front page headline, “‘Rocky’ knocks Hamburg out!” while daily newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt said “Big Emotions, Big Theater.”
Now it’s possible the German media was swayed by the premiere, which included Stallone, who flew to Germany and addressed the crowd during the curtain call. Or, as hard as it may seem to believe, the ‘Rocky’ musical is actually good.
Below, you can listen to the new original tune, “Fight From the Heart,” the new version of “Eye of the Tiger” plus the trailer for the musical and a behind-the-scenes featurette, which show you a little bit of the actual production.