Rocky Cancels First Preview on Broadway
The Show Must Go On! Or Will It? While the famous saying that has defined the entertainment business for so long is one we still live by today, sometimes we find the controls are simply out of our hands. The producers of the brand new musical Rocky found themselves in such a situation yesterday after being forced to cancel their first preview in New York City. While many assumed the show was not ready or perhaps a major overhaul at the 11th hour was taking place, it was not any of the above at all. What delayed previews of Rocky on Broadway was a simple human necessity we take for grant now-a-days; electricity. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you that news of Rocky canceling its first preview performance on Broadway last night!
Rocky the Musical features music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens with a book by Thomas Meehan. Rocky, based off of the film of the same name, tells the story of Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa who gets a once in a time lifetime chance to battle heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. However, Rocky is already engaged in a battle outside of the ring after falling in love at the first sight. The story is not only one about following your heart but being brave enough to follow your own dreams.
Yesterday, less than 12 hours before the first curtain was set to rise for Rocky on Broadway, producers announced they were canceling the first preview. The cancellation came in response to electrical issues in Midtown Manhattan which affected the productions’ final dress rehearsal on Monday night. The show was not scheduled for any performances on Wednesday February 12th so previews will now begin on Thursday February 13th, 2014.
Representatives from the production spoke to the press letting them know that due to the recent winter weather including snow and ice, Con Edison has been dealing with electrical issues along 7th avenue in Midtown. The weather conditions have reportedly caused major damage to underground cables which has many business’ in the area working off of generators, including the Winter Garden Theatre, as crews work to repair the electricity. Several blocks of midtown have been placed on a reduced electrical plan including the Winter Garden Theatre. Rocky‘s production needs require the normal amount of electricity provided to the theatre so the reduction has caused delays in their technical rehearsal process.
Below is a photo of the generator outside the Winter Garden Theatre on 50th Street and 7th Avenue:
Cables from the generator could be seen running up the side of the building to the roof giving the theatre power:
Luner on Theatre decided to head over and check out the scene right before what would have been the first curtain time for the show. What we found was quite interesting. Con Edison crews have practically set up camp along 7th avenue in Midtown working to repair the damage caused due to recent weather. There were trucks, generators, crew members and tents (Covering openings being worked on) for many blocks in this area. We were surprised to find so much work taking place.
Patrons who arrived at the theatre on Tuesday night were greeted by a letter (Pictured Right) from the production announcing the cancellation and allowed them to exchange their ticket for a future performance. When Luner on Theatre checked out the scene, we noticed many patrons in line who we can assume planned on attending the production tonight. Many crew members and what looked to be like creative team members were roaming around the lobby as well at the time. We can only assume that Rocky used tonight to continue to work on the production with a cancelled preview now allowing them extra time to work through the technical glitches caused by the electrical reduction in midtown
Rocky is set to begin previews on Broadway this Thursday February 13th, 2014 at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway between 50th and 51st street! At this point in time, the production is not anticipating any further delays due to electrical issues because the show must go on! And it will! Stay tuned to Luner on Theatre as we bring you more Rocky coverage leading up to opening night and beyond! For more information, visit Rocky The Musical’s Official Broadway Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!