Sly Stallone likes Karl's 'natural humility'


NEW YORK (AP) — Picking the guy who will play Rocky Balboa onstage was no easy task. Just ask Sylvester Stallone, who helped cast Broadway veteran Andy Karl.

Says Stallone: "Having gone through literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of prospects, Andy was one of our first choices and he just had it."

Stallone says he liked Karl's natural humility, adding "Tough guys are a dime a dozen; a sensitive tough guy, pretty rare."

The musical "Rocky" will open on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre in March 2014. Based on the Oscar-winning 1976 film by Stallone, the musical features a score by "Ragtime" veterans Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and a story by Thomas Meehan, who wrote "The Producers" and "Hairspray."

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