Rocky
This powerful and touching musical based on the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture is sure to be a knock-out on your stage!
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Show Essentials
11
Roles
+ Ensemble
PG13
Rated
2
Acts

Full Synopsis

Act One

The lights come up on an amateur boxing club in a Philadelphia church basement in 1975. Rocky Balboa, a fighter, is in the ring with Spider Rico. Rocky has the crowd enthralled as they cheer him on ("Ain't Down Yet"). Rocky takes the money he's won from the match, determined to prove his worth as a boxer.

Heavyweight champion Apollo Creed arrives in Philadelphia for a major fight. Meanwhile Adrian Pennino is getting ready to close up the pet shop she works at. Her coworkers Gloria and Joanne tell her she needs a makeover and to let herself have some fun ("Holiday"). Rocky enters the store and tries to make conversation Adrian. He asks her out, but she declines. He leaves, and Adrian watches him while thinking about how her upbringing has forced her to retreat into herself ("Raining").

Rocky works for Mr. Gazzo, demanding money from men who owe him. This time, he has to approach Wysocki, a butcher. Wysocki begs for mercy and Rocky, out of pity, makes him promise to have the money the following week. Rocky goes to Mickey's Gym where he trains, only to find his locker has been given to a new fighter, Dipper Riley. When Rocky asks Mickey why, Mickey tells Rocky that he's not a serious enough boxer and should move on to something else.

Apollo Creed's big match is about to fall through when his opponent drops out due to an injury. Apollo and his team look for a local boxer to take the spot. Rocky, going by the name "The Italian Stallion", catches their eye. Apollo sees this match as perfect timing for America's bicentennial ("Patriotic").

At Adrian's house on Thanksgiving, her brother Paulie explains to Gloria that he's set up Adrian to go on a date with Rocky so he'll put in a good word with Gazzo for him. Adrian does not know about this date. When Rocky shows up and Paulie announces that she's going on a date with him, Adrian is horrified and runs to her room. This escalates into a vicious fight, ending with Paulie throwing her turkey out the window. Rocky calmly asks Adrian to give him a chance ("My Nose Ain't Broken"). Adrian agrees to go out with him.

Rocky takes Adrian to a skating rink. It's closed, but he manages to convince the rink's watchman to give them ten minutes. As Adrian skates, Rocky tells her that because they're opposites, they go well together ("The Flip Side"). Adrian begins to open up to him.

Adrian reluctantly goes back to Rocky's apartment. When Rocky asks her what's bothering her, she tells him she's never been in a man's apartment and knows that he does dirty work for Gazzo. Rocky tells her he's not a thug and begs her not to leave, confessing he's wanted them to be together since 5th grade. He promises her that he will look after her ("Adrian"). They kiss.

Gazzo corners Rocky as he's going into the gym and asks him why he isn't doing the work he's supposed to do for him ("Wanna Know Why"). He tells Rocky he doesn't have a shot at boxing and that this job is all he has. Rocky enters the gym, and Mickey tells him that Apollo Creed's team want to meet with him. Rocky asks Mickey why he doesn't take him seriously. Mickey tells him it's because he's wasting his talent helping a thug like Gazzo.

Rocky meets with Miles Jergens, Apollo's promoter. Rocky thinks he's looking for a sparring partner for Apollo, but Jergens tells him they're offering him a spot in the championship match with a huge cut of money, win or lose. Rocky is unsure so Jergens gives him time to think. Rocky realizes this is his one shot at proving himself ("Fight From The Heart").

Rocky agrees to fight Apollo. Philadelphia is abuzz with the news of the match and that "One of Us" has a shot at the championship.

Act Two

The big fight is just weeks away, and Rocky is up early training ("Training Montage #1"). Back at his apartment, he gets a visit from Mickey, who offers to be his manager. Mickey tells Rocky about his glory days as a boxer ("In The Ring"). Rocky at first dismisses Mickey but ultimately comes around and agrees to train with him.

Mickey trains Rocky ("Eye of the Tiger") and advises him to slow down with Adrian so he doesn't get distracted. Adrian can sense Rocky getting distant. Mickey tells Rocky not to have any publicity leading up to the fight, but Paulie manages to bring a reporter and TV crew to catch him while he trains.

On Christmas Eve, Adrian, Gloria, Joanne, and Angie are closing up the store. Paulie drunkenly comes in, only to be turned away. The ladies lament needing a break from all the bad men in their lives ("Holiday (Reprise)").

Rocky comes home to find Adrian has added some nice touches to his apartment, including a Christmas tree. As they decorate the tree, they realize this is the happiest they have ever been ("Happiness"). Their moment is interrupted when Paulie barges in. Jealous that Adrian spends all her time with Rocky now, he demands that she comes home with him. Adrian, finally fed up, tells Paulie "I'm Done".

On New Year's Eve, the streets of Philadelphia are filed with anticipation for the big fight - and so are Rocky and Apollo Creed ("Southside Celebrity"). Rocky and Mickey watch Apollo's old fights for preparation. Rocky comes home to Adrian and tells her he can't beat Apollo. Adrian tells him she can't go to the fight and see him get hurt in the ring. Alone, Rocky musters his courage and prepares for the fight ("Keep on Standin'").

It's time for the big fight. Rocky, Apollo Creed, and their entourages enter the ring ("Undefeated Man"). The two fighters are finally face to face, and the fight begins ("The Fight"). Rocky has a tough start but manages to land a good hit on Apollo at the end of Round One. At the end of Round Two, Apollo almost knocks Rocky out. Rocky is hurt but his confidence is stronger than ever. By Round Ten, Apollo has a broken rib and Rocky a broken nose. Rocky resolves to keep fighting. The fight brutally continues, with the two fighters being pushed to the limit while Adrian watches from the crowd. At long last, the fight ends with Rocky barely standing and a split decision from the judges. As Apollo Creed is declared the champion, Rocky calls for Adrian, who runs to his arms.

Casting

Casting

Cast Size: Large (21 or more performers)
Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
Dance Requirements: Standard

Character Breakdown

Rocky Balboa

An amateur boxer with dreams and determination. He aspires to have a shot at the heavyweight championship and a better life.

Gender: male
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: G#4
Vocal range bottom: Ab2
Apollo Creed

A confident championship fighter. He is everyone's favorite to win the heavyweight title.

Gender: male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Gazzo

A ruthless loan shark who employs Rocky.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: D3
Mickey Goldmill

Rocky's trainer, a father figure to him. A former boxer himself, Mickey is passionate about boxing.

Gender: male
Age: 50 to 80
Vocal range top: B3
Vocal range bottom: D3
Adrian Pennino

A shy pet store clerk. Her life is overshadowed by her domineering older brother, Paulie.

Gender: female
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G3
Gloria

The vivacious owner of the pet store where Adrian works. Paulie's love interest.

Gender: female
Age: 40 to 50
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Db4
Joanne

A friend and coworker of Gloria and Adrian.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4
Angie

A friend and coworker of Gloria and Adrian.

Gender: female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D4
Paulie Pennino

Adrian's bullying older brother. He tries to use Adrian and Rocky as pawns to get what he wants

Gender: male
Age: 35 to 50
Jergens

Apollo Creed's promoter.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
Ensemble

Roles include: Crowd, Referees, Reporters, Street Singers, Apollo's Girls, Boxers

Dipper Riley

An up and coming boxer.

Gender: male
Vocal range top: G#3
Vocal range bottom: C#3
Full Song List
Rocky: Ain't Down Yet
Rocky: My Nose Ain't Broken
Rocky: Raining
Rocky: Patriotic
Rocky: My Nose Ain't Broken (Reprise)
Rocky: The Flip Side
Rocky: Adrian
Rocky: Wanna Know Why
Rocky: Fight From The Heart
Rocky: One Of Us
Rocky: Training Montage 1
Rocky: In The Ring
Rocky: Happiness
Rocky: I'm Done
Rocky: Southside Celebrity
Rocky: Undefeated Man
Rocky: Keep On Standing
Rocky: The Fight: Round 15
Rocky: Finale

Drama League Award

2014 - Distinguished Performance, Nominee (Margo Seibert[)
2014 - Distinguished Performance, Nominee (Andy Karl)
2014 - Distinguished Production of a Musical, Nominee (Rocky)

Tony® Award

2014 - Best Scenic Design, Winner (Christopher Barreca)
2014 - Best Lighting Design, Nominee (Christopher Akerlind)
2014 - Best Actor in a Musical, Nominee (Andy Karl)
2014 - Best Choreography, Nominee (Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine)

Outer Critics Circle Award

2014 - Outstanding Broadway Musical, Nominee (Rocky)
2014 - Outstanding Book of a Musical, Nominee (Thomas Meehan)
2014 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Nominee (Andy Karl)
2014 - Outstanding Direction of a Musical, Nominee (Alex Timbers)
2014 - Outstanding Choreography, Nominee (Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine)
2014 - Outstanding Set Design, Winner (Christopher Barreca)

Drama Desk Award

2014 - Oustanding Musical, Nominee (Rocky)
2014 - Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Nominee (Andy Karl)
2014 - Outstanding Director of a Musical, Nominee (Alex Timbers)
2014 - Outstanding Choreography, Nominee (Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine)
2014 - Outstanding Set Design, Winner (Christopher Barreca)
2014 - Outstanding Lighting Design, Winner (Christopher Akerlind)
2014 - Outstanding Sound Design, Nominee (Peter Hylenski)

Billing

Based on the MGM/United Artists Motion Picture

Requirements

You must give the authors/creators billing credits, as specified in the Production Contract, in a conspicuous manner on the first page of credits in all programs and on houseboards, displays and in all other advertising announcements of any kind.
Percentages listed indicate required type size in relation to title size.
ROCKY
100%
Book by
Thomas Meehan and
Sylvester Stallone
50%
Music by
Stephen Flaherty
 
50%
Lyrics by
Lynn Ahrens
 
50%
Based on the MGM/United Artists Motion Picture
20%

 

The names of the Authors shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors (and Stallone, as bookwriter) except for the title of the Play. No individual or entity associated with the Play will be accorded credit preceding Authors’ (and Stallone’s, as bookwriter) credit, other than the title of the Play. The above billing shall appear wherever and whenever the title of the Play appears.
The following billing shall appear on the title page in all programs for the Play in the same size and style as the designers:
ORCHESTRATIONS
VOCAL ARRANGEMENTS
Stephen Trask
Doug Besterman
 Stephen Flaherty

 

The following billing shall appear on the title page in all programs for the Play:
Original Broadway Production produced by
Stage Entertainment USA & Sylvester Stallone
Metro-Goldwyn Mayer
The Shubert Organization Kevin King-Templeton
James L. Nederlander & Terry Allen Kramer Roy Furman Cheryl Wiesenfeld
Zane Tankel Lucky Champions Scott Delmon JFL Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams
Latitude Link Waxman/Shin/Bergère Lauren Stevens/Josh Goodman
 
In addition, you agree to place the following credits in all programs for the Play as follows (need not be on title page):
GONNA FLY NOW (THEME FROM ROCKY) Written by Ayn E. Robbins, Caro Connors and Bill Conti. © 1976, 1977 (Copyrights Renewed) United Artists Corporation. All Rights Administered by EMI U Catalog Inc./ EMI Unart Catalog Inc. (Publishing) and Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc. (Print). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
EYE OF THE TIGER. Words and Music by James Michael Peterik and Frankie M. Sullivan lll. ©1982 WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) and Easy Action Music (ASCAP)/ Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC (BMI). All rights on behalf of WB Music Corp. and Easy Action Music administered by WB Music Corp. All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
 
SHORTENED BILLING: In advertisements of 1/4 page size or less, where only the title of the Play, performance dates and venue are provided, the following "shortened billing" is permissible:
ROCKY
 
COPYRIGHT NOTICES:
All songs by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens
© 2012, 2014 Pen and Perseverance, Inc. (ASCAP), Hillsdale Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
ALL RIGHTS ADMINISTERED BY WB MUSIC CORP. (ASCAP)
Exceptions:
"Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)"
Written by Ayn E. Robbins, Caro Connors and Bill Conti. © 1976, 1977 (Copyrights Renewed) United Artists Corporation. All Rights Administered by EMI U Catalog Inc./ EMI Unart Catalog Inc. (Publishing) and Alfred Music Publishing Co., Inc. (Print). All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
"Eye of The Tiger"
Words and Music by James Michael Peterik and Frankie M. Sullivan lll. ©1982 WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) and Easy Action Music (ASCAP)/ Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC (BMI). All rights on behalf of WB Music Corp. and Easy Action Music administered by WB Music Corp. All rights on behalf of Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited

Included Materials

ItemQuantity Included
LIBRETTO/VOCAL BOOK25
PIANO VOCAL SCORE2

Production Resources

Resource
CUSTOMIZABLE SHOW POSTER
HOW DOES THE SHOW GO ON-10/CS
HOW DOES THE SHOW GO ON?
KEYBOARD PATCH SOLUTIONS
LOGO PACK DIGITAL
ORCHEXTRA
PERFORMANCE ACCOMPANIMENT RECORDING
PRODUCTIONPRO
REFERENCE RECORDING
REHEARSAL ACCOMPANIMENT RECORDING
REHEARSCORE APP
SCENIC PROJECTIONS-ANIMATED
SCENIC PROJECTIONS-STILL
STAGE MANAGER SCRIPT
SUBPLOT CUSTOMIZED SHOW POSTER
TRANSPOSITIONS-ON-DEMAND

STANDARD ORCHESTRATION

InstrumentationDoubling
BASS
CELLO
DRUMS
FULL SCORE ACT 1
FULL SCORE ACT 2
GUITAR
GUITAR 2
GUITAR 3
KEYBOARD 1
KEYBOARD 2
REED 1CLARINET , FLUTE , TENOR SAXOPHONE
TROMBONE
TROMBONE 2
TROMBONE 3
TROMBONE 4
TRUMPET
TRUMPET 2
TRUMPET 3
TRUMPET 4
VIOLA
VIOLIN