On February 24, 2014, Broadway.com ran an interview with Andy Karl conducted by Kathy Henderson. In the interview Karl talks about taking on the role of Rocky Balboa. Here are some tidbits…
Would you get in the ring with Sylvester Stallone?
Not a chance.
Speaking of riding a fine line, what’s the secret to portraying Rocky without veering into a parody of Sylvester Stallone?
I’m taking on some of the mannerisms Sylvester Stallone created, but I also have to let it be truthful to me. The music is character-driven and I am naturally a baritone, so the score fits right in my sweet spot. It’s actually pretty simple—for me, and for most of America, Rocky is a living, breathing person, and I’m honoring the character enough that I don’t have to rely on Stallone’s take on everything. He picked me; he’s trusting me with this, and that’s a huge honor.