That was part of the concept, anyway, for Alex Timbers, the director of the spectacularly staged new Broadway tuner that opened March 13. “I knew I wanted it to be cinematic,” he said at the opening night afterparty at Roseland Ballroom. “I wanted it to look like a David Fincher film.”
There were hefty challenges in getting the laconic “Rocky” to sing. Lyricist Lynn Ahrens found herself faced with a group of characters who don’t have big vocabularies, and she said it was tough to stay true to that.
But there were rewards, too: “I got to use my first double negative in a lyric!”
Standing out among the theater types taking their bows that night: Sylvester Stallone himself, the writer and star of the Oscar-winning film that inspired the musical.
At the opening night party, Sly said he felt like a proud parent. And he had came to the realization that all theater people have at one point or another: Broadway ain’t for sissies.
“I’m exhausted,” he said with a laugh. “I feel like I’ve gone 15 rounds!”
(Pictured: Burt Young and Sylvester Stallone at the Broadway opening of “Rocky”)