Art & Design

Jo, Adrian!

November 22, 2011 | by Nathaniel Popkin

Photo: Everett Collection/Rex Features

With New Kensington CDC and other community partners exploring ways to reverse the overwhelming decline of the neighborhood around Rocky Balboa’s fictional house on Tusculum Street under the El, the Rock is apparently making another comeback.

Sylvester Stallone and two Ukrainian producers–who were inspired to learn boxing by Rocky–will stage a theatrical version of the epic Philadelphia story in Hamburg, Germany. (Read Peter Binzen’s White Town and Matthew Countryman’s Up South and watch the original “Rocky” again. It stands up as a testament to the most difficult decade in this city’s history.) The script for the musical, naturally, is in German (though it’s unclear if “Eye of the Tiger” will become “Auge des Tigers”).

Says Stallone, of the opportunity, “At the end of the day, Rocky is a love story and he could never have reached the final bell without Adrian. To see this story coming to life on a musical stage makes me proud. And it would make Rocky proud.”

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Nathaniel Popkin Nathaniel Popkin is co-founder of the Hidden City Daily and author of three books of non-fiction, including Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City (with Peter Woodall and Joseph E.B. Elliott) and two novels, Everything is Borrowed and Lion and Leopard. He is co-editor of Who Will Speak for America, an anthology forthcoming in June 2018, and the senior writer of the film documentary "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment."

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