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A new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name.

Rocky Star Terence Archie on His Transformation from Alien in Pink Tights to Heavyweight Champion

Rocky Star Terence Archie on His Transformation from Alien in Pink Tights to Heavyweight Champion
Terence Archie photographed at R Lounge for by Caitlin McNaney
'Nothing’s gonna stop me from eating bacon and doughnuts.'

Age: 38

Hometown: Detroit, MI

Current Role: A breakout performance as high-rolling heavyweight champion Apollo Creed in Broadway's Rocky, after originating the role in the German production.

Stage & Screen Cred: Archie made his Broadway debut in the 2009 revival of Ragtime; he has appeared on the small screen in Law & Order and One Life to Live.

“Growing up in Detroit, you have to have a tough skin, a good poker face and a plan. And if the city could be summarized in the body of a woman, it would be my mother.”

“In high school I got a small role on the soap opera Loving. When my school learned this, they turned on all the TVs in class when the episode was airing—I couldn’t take it! I left school; it was too embarrassing.”

“My first job when I moved to New York was at Mars 2112, across the street from the Winter Garden Theatre. I had to dress up in pink tights and a latex mask and act like an alien. I got a lot of pinches on my ass.”

“After learning German for only two months, we recorded the cast album for Rocky Das Musical. It put me in a very humble and vulnerable place. I had no choice but to soak it all in.”

“The fight scene is gonna hurt a little bit, and I’ve had to accept that from the beginning. Andy [Karl] has hit me, I’ve hit him, and there’s really not much you can do about it.”

“To stay fit for the show, I eat as much protein as I can muster. But you better believe nothing’s gonna stop me from eating bacon and doughnuts. And I will have my ice cream. That’s non-negotiable.”

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