What was neat was seeing how the play is different from the movie. Rocky speaks in the stage version which I didn’t expect. Apparently there is an even earlier version of the play that doesn’t have Columbia in it, just Magenta that would be really neat to read through but it’s hard to imagine it without Columbia.
There’s a third instalment in the Rocky series called “Revenge Of The Old Queen” but it was never produced because the sequel “Shock Treatment” was a failure. Our director actually has the script for the third one and would love to produce it but the rights are in development hell. He says the script and music are both better than the original.
Of all the plays I’ve been in it was by far my favourite, one of my two dream roles. Now if I can just land Hedwig in a production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch I can die happy. The fun part of doing the play is interacting with the audience when they yell stuff out at the stage the same way they do during the movie. Plus each night during my death scene I’d say “life… flashing… before my eyes” then pick an audience member at random, fall into their lap and say “remember that night when….” and then improvise some sort of bizarre innuendo about them. One of them I remember was I fell in this guy’s lap and said “remember that night when you dressed up like Henry Kissinger and then fire-bombed my ass like it was a small Cambodian village”.
Good times! Good times!
If you ever get the chance to see it live I’d recommend it. It’s really fun when you yell at the actors and they yell back. That’s something you don’t get from the movie.