In all the history of unlikely musicals, an all-singing, all-dancing adaptation of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky has to rank up there as one of the most outlandish. But following the show's successful opening on Broadway last week, its ringside wailing may now be coming to London's West End, too.
The £10 million show is based on the 1976 Oscar-winning boxing film and stars Andy Karl and Margo Seibert as Rocky and his long-suffering wife Adrian. Just like its protagonist, against the odds it looks likely to prove a knockout hit, and now even Rambo himself is musing over a UK run. Speaking to the Evening Standard, Stallone said that:
I think a London transfer is going to happen. We’ll see after the reviews but I think we’ll be on our way.
Silver-screen drama to stage musical adaptations are a hit-or-miss affair. For every bizarre hit like Evil Dead: The Musical, there's a big budget flop like Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. Next to brave the transition is Back to the Future, which opens in London's West End in 2015. [Standard]