Opening night drew a celebrity crowded that flocked to an after-party to celebrate what looks like a sure crowd pleaser.
The production spared no expense and it shows.
With a $16.5 million capital investment, it delivers a one-two punch of lighting, sound and special effects that turns the well-known story into a magical evening of theater.
The show includes a regulation-size boxing ring that draws its fight fans from the theater audience.
Theatergoers from the Orchestra actually get right up on stage and become part of the show.
“Admittedly, it’s a hell of a fight, a brutally balletic coup de théâtre that shakes up the joint in more ways than one,” wrote New York Times Theater Critic Ben Brantley.
In the end, this story of love and redemption is all about the fight.
The opening night and after-party, held at the soon-to-be-demolished Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan in New York City, drew a wide range of celebrities and was hosted by none other than the original Rocky.
He was joined by actress Katrina Bowden, actress Margo Seibert, actors Terence Archie and Andy Karl, Director James Cameron, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Whoopi Goldberg, Wesley Snipes and designer Ralph Lauren.
Stallone, 67, was also joined by his wife Jennifer Flavin and their three daughters.
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