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Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!

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The new Broadway musical ROCKY began previews in a big way on Thursday, February 13th! Following the first performance, the one and only Sylvester Stallone stepped back into the ring to celebrate the show's launch with the cast and we were there to capture the appearance.

ROCKY features an original score by the Tony Award-winning team Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Once on This Island), with a book by multiple Tony Award winner Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray, Annie) and Sylvester Stallone, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 1976 Oscar-winning Best Picture, Rocky. The production is directed by Tony nominee Alex Timbers, and features choreography by Tony nominee Steven Hoggett (Once) and Kelly Devine (Rock of Ages).

The ROCKY cast features Andy Karl (Rocky), Margo Seibert (Adrian), Terence Archie (Apollo Creed), Dakin Matthews (Mickey) Danny Mastrogiorgio (Paulie), Jennifer Mudge (Gloria) and ensemble members Adrian Aguilar, Eric Anderson, Michelle Aravena, James Brown III, Sam J. Cahn, Vincent Corazza, Kevin Del Aguila, Ned Eisenberg, Bradley Gibson, Stacey Todd Holt, Sasha Hutchings, David Andrew Macdonald, Vasthy Mompoint, Vince Oddo, Okieriete Onaodowan, Adam Perry, Kristin Piro, Luis Salgado, John Schiappa, Samantha Shafer, Wallace Smith, Jenny Lee Stern, Dan'yelle Williamson and Mark Zimmerman.

ROCKY features set design by Chris Barreca (Marie Christine), costume design by Tony nominee David Zinn (Picnic, Other Desert Cities), lighting design by Tony Award-winner Christopher Akerlind (Light in the Piazza), sound design by Tony nominee Peter Hylenski (Motown, Rock of Ages), orchestrations by Stephen Trask (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Tony award-winner Doug Besterman (The Producers) with music supervision by David Holcenberg (Matilda).

ROCKY brings to life the iconic and inspiring story of struggling small-time Philly boxer, Rocky Balboa, who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to go the distance against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed. Both an adrenaline-infused spectacle and a surprising story of blossoming romance between two lonely outsiders, ROCKY is a heart-stopping and viscerally theatrical new musical for everyone brave enough to follow their dream.

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Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
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Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
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Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
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Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Danny Mastrogiorgio and Eric Anderson

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Eric Anderson

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Danny Mastrogiorgio

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Terence Archie

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Terence Archie

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Terence Archie

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Terence Archie

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Terence Archie

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Terence Archie

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Terence Archie, Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Terence Archie and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Jennifer Mudge, Terence Archie, Margo Seibert, Andy Karl, Dakin Matthews and Danny Mastrogiorgio

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Jennifer Mudge, Terence Archie, Margo Seibert, Andy Karl, Dakin Matthews and Danny Mastrogiorgio

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Margo Seibert f

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Margo Seibert, Terence Archie and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Margo Seibert, Terence Archie and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone gets back in the ring with Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Sylvester Stallone

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
Margo Seibert and Andy Karl

Photo Coverage: ROCKY Comes Out Punching with Surprise Appearance by Sylvester Stallone at First Preview!
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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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