Saturday 20 December 2014

Floored Rocky show throws in towel

Published 16/07/2014 | 01:48

Margo Seibert and Andy Karl during a performance of the ill-fated Rocky musical based on the Sylvester Stallone 1976 blockbuster (AP/Polk and Co)
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl during a performance of the ill-fated Rocky musical based on the Sylvester Stallone 1976 blockbuster (AP/Polk and Co)

Broadway musical Rocky is hanging up its gloves after being battered at the box office.

Producers said the show would play its final performance at the Winter Garden Theatre on August 17, after playing 28 previews and 188 regular performances.

Based on the Oscar-winning 1976 film by Sylvester Stallone, the musical features a score by Ragtime veterans Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and a story by Thomas Meehan, who wrote Hairspray. Alex Timbers directed.

The musical stays close to the film, which charted the rise and romance of amateur boxer and debt collector Rocky Balboa, who gets his shot against an undefeated heavyweight champ. Andy Karl starred as the hero.

But the musical never took off after mixed to poor reviews, despite a spectacular final few minutes when the boxing ring is lowered on to the first few rows. It broke the million-dollar mark only once and lately was making only half its 1,263,688-dollar potential.

The show earned four Tony Award nominations but took home only a scenic design award.

The closing notice comes a day after Holler If Ya Hear Me, a musical that that uses Tupac Shakur songs, announced it would close on Sunday after finding little love at the box office.

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