Rocky the Musical. Yes, That Rocky.

We all know that the Germans make great stuff–I love my Sham-Wow–but there’s something about their musical tastes that make me suspect that they’re missing something these days.

First, they made a star out of David Hasselhoff.  Now they’re going to be the first to stage a musical based on Sylvestor Stallone’s Rocky.

That’s right:  the nation that gave us Beethoven, Bach and Handel thinks that Rocky Balboa is worthy of a musical.  (Okay, so our great contribution to the artform was a hockey movie musical.  But I digress.)

This is from the BBC:

Stallone has teamed up with boxing brothers Vladimir and Vitali Klitschko to bring the film to the stage.  The rags-to-riches tale will include hits from the 1976 film including “Gonna Fly Now.”

“To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud,” Stallone said.

The stage show is due to begin in Hamburg, while casting has yet to take place.

Try to imagine this on Broadway.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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