First Broadway Preview of New Musical Rocky Canceled

By Adam Hetrick
11 Feb 2014

Andy Karl
Andy Karl

The first Broadway preview of Rocky, which was to take place Feb. 11 at the Winter Garden Theatre, has been canceled after electrical issues in midtown Manhattan affected final rehearsals for the new musical based on the Oscar-winning film of the same name.

Representatives for the production stated that a reduction in electrical voltage impacting certain midtown blocks east of Broadway delayed technical rehearsals for the production, which plays the Winter Garden Theatre.

Following the winter weather that impacted New York City in recent weeks, Con Edison reduced the power in response to salt and melting ice, which was causing damage to their underground cables. There were no performances scheduled for Feb. 12, and previews will now begin Feb. 13.

Featuring a score by Ragtime Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music), Rocky has a book by Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan (Annie, Hairspray). Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Peter and the Starcatcher, Here Lies Love) directs.



"Rocky" creator/star Sylvester Stallone produces the stage production along with Stage Entertainment. The stage musical adaptation arrives on Broadway following a 2012 German-language premiere in Hamburg, where it continues its run.

Rocky officially opens on Broadway March 13.

Andy Karl (Legally Blonde, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) stars as boxer Rocky Balboa, opposite Margo Seibert (Tamar of the River) as Adrian. Terence Archie (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity), who originated the role of heavyweight champ Apollo Creed in the Hamburg world premiere of Rocky, repeats his work in the Broadway production. Rocky also features Dakin Matthews (A Man for All Seasons) as Rocky's trainer, Mickey, and Danny Mastrogiorgio (Lucky Guy, Golden Boy) as Adrian's brother, Paulie.

Completing the cast are Jennifer Mudge (The Philanthropist) as Gloria, with ensemble members Adrian Alfredo Aguilar, Eric Anderson, Michelle Aravena, James Brown III, Sam J. Cahn, Vincent Corazza, Kevin Del Aguila, Ned Eisenberg, Bradley Gibson, Stacey Todd Holt, Sasha Hutchings, David Andrew Macdonald, Vasthy Mompoint, Vince Oddo, Okieriete Onaodowan, Adam Perry, Kristin Piro, Luis Salgado, John Schiappa, Samantha Shafer, Wallace Smith, Jenny Lee Stern, Dan’yelle Williamson and Mark Zimmerman.

Here's how it's billed: "Rocky brings to life the iconic and inspiring story of struggling small time Philly boxer, Rocky Balboa, who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to go the distance against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed. Both an adrenaline-infused spectacle and a surprising story of blossoming romance between two lonely outsiders, Rocky is a heart-stopping and viscerally theatrical new musical for everyone brave enough to follow their dream."

Rocky has set design by Chris Barreca, costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Peter Hylenski, orchestrations by Doug Besterman and Stephen Trask, with music supervision by David Holcenberg.

The production has choreography by 2012 Once Tony Award nominee Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine (Rock of Ages).

Tickets are available at Telecharge.com. Visit RockyBroadway.com

Here's a look at the show: