“Rocky” Musical: My FT Review

The Financial Times has published my review of the new Broadway version of “Rocky,” starring Andy Karl (pictured). Bottom line: ‘This new musical version of “Rocky” premiered last year in Germany, an appropriate choice: the 1976 movie and its five sequels are their own kind of Ring cycle. And that is, in fact, the key word here, as the main reason to see this spectacle is the stately Act Two emergence, from the proscenium into the audience, of a boxing ring. What precedes that coup is…an unexpectedly intimate affair – a well-acted, occasionally dull and sometimes touching story of two wounded souls: Rocky Balboa, a piddling club fighter, and Adrian, a bespectacled clerk at a pet store.’

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