PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "From the Wings!" Company Manager Kate Egan Offers a Never-Before-Seen Backstage Look at Broadway's Rocky
The new Broadway musical Rocky took home a Tony Award for Best Scenic Design. Company manager Kate Egan shares these exclusive backstage photos and reveals the secrets behind some of the show's technical magic.
Pre-show, Andy Karl puts his gloves on just before the first fight of the matinee.
The first fight of the show begins before the downstage blinder even begins to fly out.
Cornerman Mark Zimmerman tends to Rocky during the first fight while bets are placed around the ring. The lighting is deeply intertwined not only in the traveling and side towers but also in the set units for Rocky's apartment and the pet shop.
Floor space in the wings is at a premium. Not only are set units stored in the air, but some large props like the butcher table are flown out to save working space on deck.
Vincent Corazza selects a piece of meat to cut in the Shamrock Meatpacking plant as Rocky and Paulie debate downstage.
Apollo Girls Kristin Piro, Dan'yelle Williamson, and Sasha Hutchings join Apollo's manager Wallace Smith and Miles Jergens (David Macdonald) waiting for the walls to open before "Patriotic."
The crew waits behind the upstage wall for Miles Jergens (David Macdonald) to finish his call before swiftly moving to strike the furniture and remove the platform from the deck. The platform folds in half for storage.
Adrian (Margo Seibert) pokes her head out of her bedroom door offstage to say hello to Gloria (Jennifer Mudge) after she leaves Paulie's apartment.
Rocky's apartment, like the pet shop and Paulie's apartment, has full walls on three sides. This is the front of Rocky's apartment from the 'street view' as he invites Adrian inside.
Boxer Luis Salgado laughs at Rocky's expense in Mickey's Gym.