Terence Archie, Dakin Matthews and Danny Mastrogiorgio better put on their boxing gloves, because they’re joining previously announced stars Andy Karl and Margo Seibert in the new Broadway musical Rocky. Directed by Alex Timbers, the production will begin performances February 11, 2014, with an official opening night set for March 13 at the Winter Garden Theatre. Additional casting will be announced shortly.
Archie, who originated the role of Apollo Creed in the world premiere of Rocky in Hamburg, Germany, will reprise his role on the Great White Way. Matthews has signed on to play Rocky’s trainer Mickey, and Mastrogiorgio will take on the role of Adrian’s brother Paulie. The trio joins Karl as “Italian Stallion” Rocky Balboa and Margo Seibert as his girlfriend Adrian.
Archie was last seen on Broadway in Ragtime. He appeared off-Broadway in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. His regional stage credits include Two Gents: A Rock Opera, Tamburlaine the Great and Edward the II. His film and TV appearances include Law & Order and One Life to Live. Matthews’ Broadway credits include The Best Man, A Man For All Seasons and Henry IV. He currently serves as the dramaturg for the Broadway mounting of Macbeth at Lincoln Center. His film and TV credits include True Grit, Lincoln, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Eagle and The Mentalist. Mastrogiorgio’s Broadway credits include Wait Until Dark, A Steady Rain, Lucky Guy, Contact and Clifford Odets’ boxing drama Golden Boy. His film and TV appearances include Brother Bear, Enchanted, Sleepers, Fighting and Blue Bloods.
Rocky features a score by Tony-winning songwriting duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and a book by Tony winner Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone, who garnered an Oscar nomination for the 1976 film’s screenplay. Set in Philadelphia, Rocky tells the inspirational story of a struggling, small-time boxer who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to go the distance against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed.
The musical features choreography by Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine, set design by Chris Barreca, costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Christopher Ackerlind and sound design by Peter Hylenski.