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*Rocky the Musical, a stage adaptation of Sylvester Stallone’s 1976 Oscar-winning classic about a Philadelphia fighter, will open on Broadway next spring, it was announced Sunday.

Sly and his fellow producers confirmed the musical will begin previews at the historic Winter Garden Theatre in February 2014 before curtains rise officially in March.

Rocky the Musical had its world premiere in Hamburg, Germany and was an instant critical and commercial hit. It tells the story of the beloved underdog boxer who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot in the ring with the heavyweight champ Apollo Creed, played famously in the film by Carl Weathers. In the play’s German run, Creed was played by Terence Archie.

Terence Archie, second from left, as Apollo Creed and Drew Sarich, right, as Rocky Balboa in “Rocky the Musical” in Hamburg, Germany

Terence Archie, second from left, as Apollo Creed and Drew Sarich, right, as Rocky Balboa in “Rocky the Musical” in Hamburg, Germany

Alex Timbers will direct from a book by Stallone and Thomas Meehan. Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens wrote the score, which will feature songs and music from the movie including Bill Conti’s “Gonna Fly Now” theme and Survivor’s “Rocky III” anthem “Eye of the Tiger.”

Watch a preview below.