To celebrate its 214th season, the Walnut Street Theater is offering free cheesesteaks from Pat and a beer from Yards Brewing to the first 100 patrons who purchase tickets in person for “Rocky, the Musical” on September 12.
The show runs from October 4 to October 30 and tickets start at $25. Musical comedy is a live-action adaptation of the 1976 cult classic about Rocky Balboa, a boxer from Philadelphia who has the unique opportunity to become a heavyweight champion.
“Rocky, the Musical” is based on a book written by Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone, who played Balboa in the film. The music for the show was written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. He made his debut in Hamburg, Germany in 2012 and transferred on Broadway in March 2014, where it remained for 188 shows.
The performance includes new songs, as well as some of the movie classics, including Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” and Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now.”
Before rehearsals begin next week, the theater sent actors Gianna Yanelli and Matthew Amira at Pat’s so they can experience the city, WHYY reported. Amira, who plays Rocky, said he grew up visiting Philly with his father, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Yanelli, who stars alongside Amira as Adrian, has lived in the city for ten years and also has an aunt who lives near Pat’s on Second Street.
“Drunken nights were here,” she told WHYY. “It was the best drunken food I’ve ever had.”
“Rocky, the Musical” will be followed by productions of “Cinderalla,” “Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Escape to Margaritaville.” The theater season will end on April 23, 2023.
Although tickets are available at the Walnut Street Theater box office in 825 Walnut St.they can also be purchased at walnutstreettheatre.org or through ticket master.