Hundreds of people were scheduled to see the very first preview of Rocky the musical at New York’s Winter Garden Theater on Tuesday night, but the preview has been canceled.
Ticket holders received the following message on Tuesday morning:
“The production has just informed us that tonight’s performance has been canceled, due to electrical issues caused by melting ice and salt on the street.”
The next date on the schedule is this Thursday. And with the weather prediction for the middle of the week looking the way it does, fingers crossed.
Andy Karl knows what you’re thinking. He had the same reservations before agreeing to play Rocky Balboa. How do you turn that film—“Yo Adrian!” and Art Museum steps and all—into a Broadway musical? Stick to the script. “He loses at the end, but his loss is his win,” says Karl, sipping water at a dim midtown Manhattan hotel bar. “He goes the distance; he’s found love. Love is a huge part of what musicals are about. When you think of it, Rocky is all about finding love, finding dignity.” The fights? Merely bookends of the show. But, he adds, “They’re spectacular.”
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Property opened its virtual doors in March, so it hasn’t been quite one year yet. But here are the posts that were the most popular in 2013 — 12 of them because 12 is more fun than 10.
1. Rocky and Adrian’s House From ‘Rocky II’ Is For Sale
In March, the three-bedroom South Philly home that was the set for Rocky and Adrian’s first home went on the market for $139,900. The rowhome near 20th and Wolf looked pretty much the same as it did in the 1979 movie, and though it took some time, 2313 S. Lambert Street sold for around $129,000.
I just thought some friends would get a kick out of it, honestly.
I had been batting around the idea of mapping out the route Rocky ran in Rocky II for a while, but I never got around to it. It’s not that I thought it was a stupid idea — if you’re a regular reader, you know many of my ideas are stupid — but that I didn’t think anyone would be that interested. Would a map of Rocky’s route be better than a thorough recap of Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch, my previous magnum opus? I thought not.
I wrote it, of course, after seeing two men dressed as Rocky — one a foreign tourist, one a guy who hangs around the Art Museum steps posing for photos with tourists — while doing a run up and down the Art Museum steps. (They posed for a photo together, and I’m surprised the world didn’t explode at that very moment.) I bought a cheap copy of Rocky II at The Gallery. With the help of some friends, I mapped out the course. I was pretty happy with the result, but I didn’t think anyone would get a kick out of it as much as I did.