Ach du lieber, Rocky sings? Yep, and he'll likely be belting out the movie anthems 'Gonna Fly Now' and 'Eye of the Tiger' -- except in German. The boxing champ will hit the stage in an all-new musical that will debut first in Hamburg. Sylvester Stallone, along with world champion boxing brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, announced the project on Monday in Cologne, Germany. Said Stallone about the musical: "Rocky is a love story and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian. To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud. And it would make Rocky proud."
The Klitschko brothers will co-produce and train the actor selected for the lead. The world debut of the German-language production will be in Hamburg in November 2012 and Stallone then plans to take the English version on tour around the world.
Tapped for the task of bringing Rocky to musical life? Thomas Meehan ('The Producers') will write the script, while 'Ragtime's' Tony-award winning lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty will tackle the musical side of things. Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers set to direct.
The first 'Rocky' movie won three Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director in 1976. Stallone, who went on to reprise the role in several sequels, was nominated for his original screenplay as well as Best Actor.
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