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LimelightMike
Broadway Legend
joined:6/21/06
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 04:25am
Today is the day, folks! ROCKY arrives on Broadway, celebrating OPENING NIGHT tonight at the Winter Garden! Please, post reviews here!
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Simon Damon
Stand-by
joined:2/26/14
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 04:38am
I hope its a KNOCKOUT
ARTc3
Broadway Star
joined:8/5/13
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 05:51pm
Very curious to see how this does critically. I truly enjoyed, Rocky, and wish it well. I suspect that this show might be "critic proof" though and will find an audience no matter what the reviews are. Time will tell.
ARTc3 formerly ARTc. Actually been a poster since 2004. My name isn't Art. Drop the "3" and say the signature and you'll understand.
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Up In One
Leading Actor
joined:5/27/04
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 06:07pm
How about we start with Trip Advisor - see what the peoples are thinking?
Trip Advisor 4.5 out of 5 Circles
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bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 06:23pm
“Worth the money!”
-Trip Advisor
"There’s nothing quite like the power and the passion of Broadway music. "
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Joviedamian
Broadway Star
joined:11/9/10
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 06:23pm
When did this start previews? It feels it only started previews last week! LOL

Updated On: 3/13/14 at 06:23 PM
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Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 07:03pm
It started previews exactly a month ago.
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Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 07:07pm
I believe the opening performance has just started.
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Joviedamian
Broadway Star
joined:11/9/10
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 07:10pm
Kad you are right I guess. I think why it went by fast for me is that February is a short month!
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Keiichi2
Chorus Member
joined:3/1/14
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 07:16pm
Got the new Entertainment Weekly today in the mail, and it has their review of Rocky. They gave it a B, and generally said it was a wonderful production, which stays faithful to the indie spirit of the original film, but that the songs were largely bland, with clunky rhymes.
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Up In One
Leading Actor
joined:5/27/04
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 07:20pm
Google has a tease of the financial times review
Financial Times-4 hours ago
Rocky, Winter Garden Theatre, New York – review ... What precedes that coup is, in Broadway terms, an unexpectedly intimate affair – a well-acted, occasionally dull and sometimes ...
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bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 07:35pm
amNY is negative (1.5 stars):

"How can you not burst into laughter when Rocky optimistically sings about how, despite all his troubles, "my nose ain't broken"? Seriously, that's the lyric."

http://www.amny.com/entertainment/theater-review-rocky-1.7382894
PlayItAgain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/8/11
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 07:44pm
uh oh....
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bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 08:14pm
NBC New York is mixed to negative:

"The music and lyrics by longtime collaborators Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (“Ragtime”) are serviceable, if humdrum. “My Nose Ain’t Broken,” used to establish Rocky’s years training in obscurity, hardly seems to warrant a reprise, yet it gets one. The two best songs in “Rocky” are those not written for the musical: Bill Conti’s spirit-lifting theme, and “Eye of the Tiger,” used in a training montage that includes those iconic museum stairs. The latter was written for “Rocky III,” but don’t be confused—the Broadway musical otherwise tracks the plot of only the first film."

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/the-scene/rocky-review-249431411.html
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bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 08:17pm
Financial Times is mixed (3 out of 5 stars):

"“Eye of the Tiger” joins the cacophony preceding the climactic bout between Rocky and Apollo. And it becomes apparent that the musical Rocky subscribes to the method of Mamma Mia! – the previous piece of cheese to take over this theatre, the Winter Garden, for aeons – for ensuring a hit: wallop the audience for the final 15 minutes. The fight, which includes movement by choreographers Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine, draws in the audience. By then, Andy Karl’s painstaking performance as Rocky disappears among the cheers."

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/f42b3c00-aaaf-11e3-9fd6-00144feab7de.html#axzz2vtK1GLQR

Updated On: 3/13/14 at 08:17 PM
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Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 08:19pm
I'd call NBC-NY mixed. It does end on "For whatever its flaws, “Rocky” the musical wins with a knockout final scene that is, guaranteed, unlike anything you’ve seen in the theater."
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bjh2114
Broadway Legend
joined:4/19/06
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 08:22pm
Yah, but it's a whole lot of negative in the middle in regards to the character writing and the score.
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blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 08:23pm
NBC-NY is certainly mixed-to-negative.
Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
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Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 08:26pm
NBC NY was mostly positive, and the last sentence says "It wins." YAY
So glad they loved Andy, too.
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Updated On: 3/13/14 at 08:26 PM
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NewYorkTheater
Broadway Star
joined:1/23/10
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 08:29pm

An unbidden association suddenly springs uncontrollably to mind: The ensemble all dressed like Rocky recall the ensemble all dressed like Spider-Man in “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.”
The two musicals have much in common, superficially. Both are based on an iconic brand, a money-making franchise in another medium. Both are a story about a main character that everyone considers a loser, who starts off as a shmo – as an everyday you or me — and becomes a hero….and gets the girl-next-door of their dreams. Both end in a climactic fight scene. The different theater artists adapting both thought it a good idea to translate the story using elaborate stagecraft with state-of-the art technology.
But there's a crucial difference....
Rocky Review: The Italian Stallion on Broadway

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blaxx
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/05
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 08:31pm
NBC NY was mostly positive, and the last sentence says "It wins." YAY

LOL
Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
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Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 08:32pm
AM NY review is a joke

No nod to the actress who played Adrienne. The score being weak was expected but saying a boxer singing about his nose not being broken. What was he supposed to sing about - the situation in the Ukraine?

I swear some of these critics are dumb beyond dumb.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth - Lillian Hellman.
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blaxx
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joined:6/28/05
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 08:34pm
but saying a boxer singing about his nose not being broken. What was he supposed to sing about - the situation in the Ukraine?

Genius!
Listen, I don't take my clothes off for anyone, even if it is "artistic". - JANICE
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Jane2
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joined:2/13/04
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 08:35pm
"NBC NY was mostly positive, and the last sentence says "It wins." YAY

LOL"

LOL
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Jane2
Broadway Legend
joined:2/13/04
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 08:36pm
NY Theater, thanks for posting that great one, too!
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songanddanceman2
Broadway Legend
joined:8/31/06
ROCKY Reviews
Posted: 3/13/14 at 08:54pm
I would say NBC NY is mixed not mixed to negative, he sounds like he enjoyed the show, yes he has some issues with it but the review still reads mixed.
Namo i love u but we get it already....you don't like Madonna