Rocky

The Italian Stallion's gonna fly now—all the way to Broadway!

Rocky the musical, a stage adaptation of Sylvester Stallone's 1976 Oscar-winning classic about a beloved Philadelphia fighter, will open on the Great White Way next spring, it was announced Sunday.

Sly and his fellow producers confirmed the production will begin previews at the historic Winter Garden Theatre in February 2014 before curtains rise officially in March.

Rocky the musical had its world premiere in Hamburg, Germany, and was an instant critical and commercial hit as it told the story of the beloved underdog boxer who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot in the ring with the heavyweight champ Apollo Creed while finding love with everyone's favorite spinster, Adrian.

Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) will direct from a book by Stallone and Thomas Meehan, who won a Tony for cowriting The Producers. Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens wrote the score, which, natch, will feature songs and music from the movie including Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now" theme and Survivor's Rocky III anthem "Eye of the Tiger."

Check out the video about the making of the musical Rocky below.

Let's hope it's a knockout!

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