Rocky

  • Our critic's rating:
    Date:
    March 1, 2014

    "Every tool at the disposal of the creative team (and probably much of the show's budget) is brought into play for an all-out, multimedia assault on the senses that forces much of the audience to its feet."
    Ben Brantley for New York Times

    "The Broadway musical “Rocky” is big-hearted, quick-fisted and predictable, but its last 15 minutes pack the punch of a heavyweight champ."
    Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News

    "And it turns out that a boxing musical wasn’t such a crazy notion, after all."
    Elisabeth Vincentelli for New York Post

    "It seems merely conscientious, a nod to the audience's memory of the 1976 movie, rather than having its own dramatic force."
    Robert Feldberg for The Record

    "Theatre purists may balk at the flaws, but give the fans a guy to cheer for and a thrilling fight to the finish, and "Rocky" is sure to emerge victorious."
    Roma Torre for NY1

    "Not a great musical but a highly enjoyable show anyway, 'Rocky' is likely to become a major crowd-pleaser on Broadway no matter how much my snootier colleagues rough it up."
    Michael Sommers for Newsroom Jersey

    "While the songs in this musicalization of the career-making 1976 Sylvester Stallone movie come and go without leaving much of an impression, the stage magic that director Alex Timbers and set designer Christopher Barreca work with the finale fight is so visceral and exhilarating that it sends the audience out on a high."
    David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter

    "The real coin for helmer Alex Timbers’ extravagant production went into the spectacular projections, sound and lighting effects, and into the scenic showpiece — a regulation-size boxing ring that puts the audience ringside for the big fight. Looks like it was worth every penny."
    Marilyn Stasio for Variety

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