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Andy Karl Talks ROCKY, Sylvester Stallone Comparisons & Philadelphia

Stage stalwart Andy Karl has landed the role of a lifetime by nabbing the title role in the forthcoming screen-to-stage adaptation of Academy Award-winning hit ROCKY and he discusses his dedication to the character as part of a new interview.

Opening up about the larger themes of the piece, Karl opines, "He loses at the end, but his loss is his win."

More philosophically, Karl adds, "He goes the distance; he's found love. Love is a huge part of what musicals are about. When you think of it, Rocky is all about finding love, finding dignity."

Additionally, Karl says he is prepared to meet comparisons to the classic celluloid characterization by Sylvester Stallone, as well.

"Rocky Balboa is real to people... I take on the voice, the mannerisms. But it's not like I'm doing a bad impression," Karl reveals.

As for Philadelphia itself and his desire to become a part of its history like Stallone himself, Karl shares, "All I want is a free slice of pizza from Lorenzo's on South Street and my picture at Geno's. Then I'll have made it."

Check out the original article on the matter here.


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