This Sunday, August 17th, the curtain will close for the final time on Rocky the Musical on Broadway. It opened with such promise, a star-studded opening night and decent reviews. But Rocky had trouble filling seats, meaning it is doubtful we will ever see Clubber Lang or Ivan Drago belt out a tune in Rocky II through V: The Musicals.
Rocky On Broadway may be going black in just a few weeks, but some of the male cast members weren’t going to let the curtain close before showing off the chiseled physiques they earned from training for the show. Out magazine has an online exclusive slideshow of four Rocky actors—James Brown III, Adrian Aguilar, Okieriete Onoadowan, and Adam Perry—who volunteered to be photographed with little more than a boxing glove and a smile. Check out some of the NSFW photos below. I had to black out the naughtier ones, so head over to Out to see the real deal.
Pop star Katy Perry finished up her two-night Philly concert romp last night at Wells Fargo Center, but she didn’t leave town before doing what all our visitors have to do when in Philadelphia: Climb the “Rocky steps.”
Evidently the adventure started with a promise at her show that she made good on. Jaime Margulies tweeted: “Katy Perry made a joke about Rocky and going to the art museum steps after her show and than she literally did. Huh?? What?? Is she real??”
A new entertainment series, Broadway on the Boardwalk, kicked off in Atlantic City this week. The free show, taking place every Monday in July, brings actors from current Broadway shows to perform on the Kennedy Plaza section of AC’s Boardwalk. This week’s first go-round featured singers from Cabaret, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Motown: The Musical. Photos below:
In a City Lab piece titled “Philly: Let’s Talk About Frank Gehry,” Kriston Capps writes that Gehry “might be Apollo Creed-level bad for Philadelphia.” Them’s fighting words. Literally.
Capps’ commentary coincides with today’s opening of Gehry’s exhibit at the Art Museum that shows the architect’s plans for his expansion (renderings below), which includes a reworking of the famous “Rocky” steps. So far, the reaction to the expansion has been muted; if anything, it seems to be a relief that we won’t be getting some kind of crazy glass octagonal, pyramidal, Pythagorean, cut-glass, sharp-edged bean pod. Gehry’s interior changes sound — from Inga Saffron’s review of the plans — like they’ll make navigation of the museum and access to the artwork better.
In fact, Capps agrees that even Gehry haters “may find plenty to admire in his plans for the Art Museum. Frankly, it’s not very Gehry.”
So it’s not the architecture per se that engenders this comparison to Apollo Creed. It’s the role Gehry has been chosen to play within what Capps sees as a problematic context. He writes: “Cultural expansions aren’t necessarily a great investment for a city in 2014, and this one almost certainly isn’t.”
This morning I came across the above image, posted on Twitter via Reddit. The Art Museum is calling it a “an option for consideration.” But, yes, this is what Frank Gehry wants to do to the iconic Art Museum steps.
Nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards were announced yesterday, and Rocky gets four mentions. Among them is a Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical nod for Andy Karl, who we profiled in the magazine in January. The show is also up for Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, and Best Scenic Design of a Musical.
On Monday, March 10th, Rocky Director John G. Avildsen received the City of Philadelphia Special Citation in celebration of the release of “The Rocky Heavyweight Collection” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Here are a few snapshots — including the Director of Rocky and the President of the Art Museum doing the Rocky Pose on the Art Museum Steps. Unprecedented!
The People Want Rocky: Why Did it Take the Art Museum and the City’s Tourism Folks So Long to Understand That?
Dan McQuade, God bless you. Your immortal post on Rocky’s run through the streets of Philadelphia has finally shaken the marble pillars that keep the city’s art elite and tourism snobs high above us all and removed from reality. And the reality is that Philadelphia is Rocky and Rocky is Philadelphia.
In case you missed it, Dan’s post on how far Rocky’s run to the Art Museum steps equaled in real miles was shared and spread around the world. The overwhelming response was only eye-opening to those who have been trying so long to ignore the allure of the movie legend.
And now, with Dan’s post and the Rocky musical opening, the city’s upper crust can’t ignore it anymore.
The Rocky Broadway musical opened on Thursday night, and the reviews are in. I saw the very first preview of the show back in February, and I saw Rocky again on Wednesday with my mom. Mom’s Rocky review: “I absolutely loved it. I highly recommend it.” Not all the critics feel the same way. Read more »