The AndyGram

Friday, Oct 30th

You are here: Home Theatre Reviews & Features 2015-16 Reviews Broadway Complete Casting Announced for Broadway-Bound ROCKY

Complete Casting Announced for Broadway-Bound ROCKY

COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR
THE BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF

ROC-0044M-BwayDirect_logo-64x64_Rocky

Previews Begin Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Opening Night is Thursday, March 13, 2014 at
At Broadway’s Historic Winter Garden Theatre 

*   *   *   *   *   *   *   * 

Production to Feature Orchestrations by
DOUG BESTERMAN and STEPHEN TRASK

Get Rocky Tickets

November 25, 2013 – Stage Entertainment USA and Sylvester Stallone announce complete casting for the upcoming musical, ROCKY.  The previously announced cast members, Andy Karl (Rocky), Margo Seibert (Adrian), Terence Archie (Apollo Creed), Dakin Matthews (Mickey) and Danny Mastrogiorgio (Paulie) welcome principal Jennifer Mudge, who will play Gloria, the girlfriend of Paulie, Adrian’s brother. 

The ROCKY company will also feature Adrian Alfredo Aguilar, Eric Anderson, Michelle Aravena, James Brown III, Sam J. Cahn, Vincent Corazza, Kevin Del Aguila, Ned Eisenberg, Bradley Gibson, Stacey Todd Holt, Sasha Hutchings, David Andrew MacDonald, Vasthy Mompoint, Vince Oddo, Okieriete Onaodowan, Adam Perry, Kristin Piro, Luis Salgado, John Schiappa, Samantha Shafer, Wallace Smith, Jenny Lee Stern, Dan’yelle Williamson and Mark Zimmerman.

ROCKY begins previews February 11, 2014 and officially opens on March 13, 2014 at Broadway’s historic Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway).  Tickets are now on sale at Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200.  Please visit ROCKYBROADWAY.com for more information.

ROCKY brings to life the iconic and inspiring story of struggling small time Philly boxer, Rocky Balboa, who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to go the distance against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed.   Both an adrenaline-infused spectacle and a surprising story of blossoming romance between two lonely outsiders, ROCKY is a heart-stopping and viscerally theatrical new musical for everyone brave enough to follow their dream.

Produced on a shoestring budget, the original 1976 film, Rocky, was shot in 28 days, and starred its young and then-unknown screenwriter, Sylvester Stallone.  Like the character of boxer Rocky Balboa, Stallone had to fight the studio, which wanted more bankable stars like Ryan O’Neal or Burt Reynolds, to be cast in the role.  Stallone’s performance would earn him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and launch his career as one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.  The small underdog film went on to become an American film classic, winning the 1977 Academy Award for Best Picture, and launching one of the most successful and iconic characters in Hollywood history.

ROCKY features an original score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the celebrated Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated songwriters behind Ragtime, Once on This Island, and Anastasia, and a book by multiple Tony Award-winner Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray, Annie) and Sylvester Stallone, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 1976 Oscar-winning Best Picture, Rocky. 

The production is directed by Alex Timbers, the Tony-nominated director behind the acclaimed musicals Here Lies Love and Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, as well as Peter and the Starcatcher, which continues to run off-Broadway.  The musical features choreography by Steven Hoggett, who received a Tony Award nomination for his work on Once and Kelly Devine, best known for the long-running Broadway hit Rock of Ages. 

ROCKY features set design by Chris Barreca (Marie Christine), costume design by Tony nominee David Zinn (Picnic, Other Desert Cities), lighting design by Tony Award-winner Christopher Akerlind (Light in the Piazza), sound design by Tony nominee Peter Hylenski (Motown, Rock of Ages), orchestrations by Tony award-winner Doug Besterman (The Producers) and Stephen Trask (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) with music supervision by David Holcenberg (Matilda).

*   *   *   *   *   *   *   *

To view a video about the making of ROCKY, click here.

*   *   *   *   *   *   *   *

ABOUT THE CAST

JENNIFER MUDGE (Gloria) most recently appeared as the Witch in an acclaimed revival of Into the Woods at the McCarter Theatre with Fiasco. She played opposite Matthew Broderick in the Roundabout’s Broadway production of The Philanthropist and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for the first New York revival of Dutchman at the Cherry Lane.  She also played Maggie at the Geffen Playhouse in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with John Goodman. Other New York theater includes The Big Meal (Playwrights Horizons) directed by Sam Gold; Don’t Go Gentle (MCC); OOH-RAH (Atlantic); Fault Lines (Naked Angels) directed by David Schwimmer; Geometry of Fire and Craig Wright’s The Pavilion (Rattlestick Theater); the world premiere of Terrence McNally’s The Stendhal Syndrome (Primary Stages); Reckless (Broadway);and Only the End of the World (Company Charniere).  She has worked regionally at Arena Stage, Bay Street, NY Stage & Film, AL Shakespeare, Sundance, Williamstown, and many shows at Trinity Rep Company, where she received her MFA.  Film and TV appearances include Hal Hartley’s upcoming feature My America, season one of “Boss” (Starz), Dead Man Down, You Don’t Know Jack (HBO), and Mary Harron’s short film, Sonnet for a Towncar, opposite Josh Charles, as well as Stephen Belber’s Drifting Elegant, Lefty Loosey (Northside Festival winner), “The Big C,” “The Good Wife,” “Mercy,”“Life is Wild,” “Canterbury’s Law,” “Law & Order,” and “L&O: Criminal Intent.” She was a 2007 recipient of the Marian Seldes-Garson Kanin Fellowship from the Theater Hall of Fame, and is a member of both the Actors Center Workshop Company and Theater of War.

ADRIAN ALFREDO AGUILAR is making his Broadway debut in Rocky. Adrian’s Chicago credits include Follies (CST), Pal Joey (Porchlight), Sunset Boulevard (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Grease (Paramount Theatre), Hair (Paramount Theatre) and A Chorus Line (Marriott Theatre).

ERIC ANDERSON was most recently seen on Broadway as Shlomo Carlebach in Soul Doctor.  His other Broadway credits include Kinky Boots, South Pacific. Eric received a Drama Desk Award nomination for his performance in the Off-Broadway production of Soul Doctor.  He is a Troubadour Theater Company member and has been see on television in "The Good Wife," "Law & Order" and "Alias."

MICHELLE ARAVENA has appeared on Broadway in Jersey Boys, A Chorus Line (2006 cast recording) and on tour in West Side Story, Anita (2010 1st Nat.), Jersey Boys (Chicago, Vegas, 1st Nat.), Les Misérables (3rd Nat.), Mamma Mia, Sophie (1st Nat.). Michelle has performed regionally at the Old Globe, Bucks County Playhouse, Walnut Street and ATL.

JAMES BROWN III has been seen on Broadway in Ghost, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Memphis, Little Mermaid, Color Purple, Wicked, The Producers, The Frogs and The Lion King. His notable credits include, most recently, The Last Goodbye at The Old Globe and the Michael Jackson Tour. 

SAM J. CAHN played Chistery in the Broadway and Japanese productions of Wicked.  He has also been seen on Broadway in Memphis and in the 75th Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Sam appeared with Celine Dion in A New Day in Las Vegas and on the World Music Awards and worked as a backup dancer for Deborah Cox, Brittany Murphy and Coco Lee.  Sam is featured onscreen in A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey.

VINCENT CORAZZA is making his Broadway debut. His television credits include “Entourage,” “Lie to Me,” “CSI” and “24”, among others and has been seen on film in Rock & Roll: The Movie, Leaving Metropolis and Bride of Chucky.

KEVIN DEL AGUILA starred as Smee in Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway and Off-Broadway at the New York Theater Workshop and New World StagesKevin has been seen Off-Broadway in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare in the Park) and Jacques Brel (The Zipper)and on television in “Law & Order: SVU.”  He is the writer of the hit musical, Altar Boyz.

NED EISENBERG has been seen on Broadway in Golden Boy, Awake and Sing and The Green Bird and Off-Broadway in as Iago in Othello, Fagin in Oliver Twist, King John in King John (TFANA) and in Finks (E.S.T.). His film and television credits include Won’t Back Down, Limitless, Million Dollar Baby, “Person of Interest,” “Law and Order: SVU” and “30 Rock.”

BRADLEY GIBSON is making his Broadway debut in Rocky. He has been seen in Love Labour’s Lost with The Public Theater and in The Last Goodbye at The Old Globe. Bradley holds a BFA in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory.

STACEY TODD HOLT Broadway credits include Contact, The Producers, The Drowsey Chaperone, Cry-Baby and Elf.

SASHA HUTCHINGS was in the original Broadway cast of Motown and was also seen in Memphis on Broadway. Her regional include Lyric OKC, MTW and she was featured on NBC's "Smash."  Sasha graduated from OCU.

DAVID ANDREW MacDONALD has been seen on Broadway in Mamma Mia!, Coram Boy and Two Shakespearean Actors.  He garnered a Jeff Award nomination for his performance in An Inspector Calls in Chicago and has worked Off-Broadway with MTC in The Green Heart and A Night and Her Stars.  David’s regional credits include Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, McCarter Theatre, Alley Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Actors' Theatre of Louisville, Intiman Theatre and the Manitoba Theatre Centre.  His television credits include “The Blacklist,” “The Michael J Fox Show,” “The Big C’’, “Sex and the City,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Another World” and “Guiding Light.”

VASTHY MOMPOINT was in the original Broadway casts of Soul Doctor (Blind Guitarist), Ghost (Orticia), Mary Poppins (Fannie), Hot Feet, and Good Vibrations.

VINCE ODDO is making his Broadway debut.  He appeared in the national tour of American Idiot. Vince graduatedSUNY Fredonia Grad Magna Cum Laude.

OKIERIETE ONAODOWAN is making his Broadway debut.  Off-Broadway, Okieriete appeared in Luce at LCT3.  He also appeared in the national tour of American Idiot. His regional credits include The Brothers Size at The Old Globe.

ADAM PERRY most recently appeared in The Last Goodbye at The Old Globe.  His Broadway credits include Nice Work…, Anything Goes, Promises, Promises, A Chorus Line (Don) and Wicked. His other credits include Damn Yankees(Encores!), On the Town (Encores!), The Most Happy Fella (NYC Opera) and the national tours of Cats and Sweet Charity. Adam’s film and television credits include “Smash,” “One Life to Live,” My Week With Marilyn, Academy Awards, Tony Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors.

KRISTIN PIRO has appeared on Broadway in Catch Me If You Can and on tour/regionally in Memphis, Flashdance, Saturday Night Fever, The Jack Cole Project and West Side Story, among others.

LUIS SALGADO has appeared on Broadway in Women on the Verge (Malik/Ensemble, Ambite/Detective u/s),  In the Heights (Jose/Ensemble & Latin Assistant Choreographer) and in the Pre-Broadway engagement of Mambo Kings (Frankie Suarez). His Off-Broadway credits include Fame on 42nd Street (Ensemble/Joe Vegas u/s) and The Capeman (Public Theater). He can be seen on film in Across the Universe, Enchanted, Step Up 2:The Streets and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.

JOHN SCHIAPPA most recently appeared on Broadway in Wicked as Dr. Dillamond.  His other Broadway credits include The Other Place (The Man), Assassins (The Proprietor), Take Me Out, Women on the Verge…, Blood Brothers, Jekyll & Hyde and Starlight Express. John’s Off-Broadway and regional credits include Jerry Springer the Opera,  DustLaughter on the 23rd Fl., Three Musketeers, Company, New Year, Romeo & JulietLittle Shop of HorrorsAida. His film and television credits include “The Big C,” “… My Pants Back,” “Kidnapped,” “L&O,” “Third Watch,” “Monsters,” Seeing Beauty and What Just Happened.  

SAMANTHA SHAFER has appeared on Broadway in West Side Story, South Pacific and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and in the first national tours of The Addams Family and South Pacific. Her regional credits include 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), High School Musical (Gabriella) and Les Misérables.

WALLACE SMITH has appeared on Broadway in Godspell (Judas), American Idiot (Favorite Son), Lion King (Simba), HAIR (Hud) and Ragtime. He was most recently seen in MTC’s Choir Boy (Bobby Marrow). Wallace’s regional credits include White Noise (Dion), Miss Saigon (John), Kansas City Rep’s Pippin (Leading Player) and he can be seen on television  in “Blue Bloods,” "Person Of Interest,"  “American Dreams,” “State of Grace” and  “Soul Food” (Showtime).

JENNY LEE STERN is making her Broadway debut. Her NYC credits include A Christmas Story at Madison Square Garden and Off-Broadway’s Forbidden Broadway Alive & Kicking (Original Cast Recording).

DAN’YELLE WILLIAMSON has appeared on Broadway in the original casts of Scandalous and Memphis.   National Tour appearances include Nala in The Lion King and Wicked in Chicago.

MARK ZIMMERMAN has appeared on Broadway in West Side Story, A Catered Affair, The Rainmaker, On the 20th Century and Brigadoon. His television and film credits include ”Unforgettable,” “Person of Interest,” “30 Rock,” “Royal Pains,” “Damages,” “Law & Order,” Delivery Man and Thomas Crown Affair. Mark was the President of Actors’ Equity Association from 2006 through 2009.

For more information please visit

www.ROCKYBROADWAY.com

#          #          #

Andrew C. McGibbon

 

 

Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at https://andrewmcgibbonphotography.com.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell

 

 

 

Website: www.facebook.com/andrewmcgibbon