'Rocky' Broadway musical closing in August

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

The producers of the musical based on the 1976 film Rocky announced on Tuesday that the show will play its final performance on Aug. 17.

The show, which was nominated for several Tony Awards, originally opened on March 13, notes Playbill.

Rocky promised to be a crowd-pleaser about Rocky Balboa, the boxer who makes a stand in Philadelphia. It featured scenes with innovative dancing boxing ring, charismatic characters, and a Tony Award winning set and lighting design. Ticket sales have dwindled, though, and producers say that it is time for the musical to throw in the towel.

Some of the reviews at opening weren’t so favorable, particularly about the actors that played the lead characters, Rocky and Adrian.

"While Andy Karl deserves credit for enduring so much physically as Rocky, he comes off as too clean cut to be credible in the role," critic Matt Windman of AM New York wrote. "As Adrian, Margo Seibert is stymied by her character being so undeveloped and makes little impression."

The show, produced by actor Sylvester Stallone with Stage Entertainment, will have played 188 performances and eight previews when it closes in August.

image of Stallone courtesy of INFphoto.com

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