Rocky creator and star Sylvester Stallone was among a host of celebrities on the red carpet in New York last night for the US premiere of a musical based on the Oscar-winning films.
Stallone co-wrote the original book with Thomas Meehan, which spawned the Oscar-winning film original and five sequels, and has watched over the musical's development since its inception.
The musical tells the story of struggling small-time boxer Rocky Balboa, who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to go the distance against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed.
The show had its international premiere in Hamburg to receptive audiences before coming to Broadway.
– Sylvester Stallone on attending the musical's premiere in Germany
Even in Germany, when it was in German, I started to cry.
I went: 'That's a good sign'.
Actor Wesley Snipes joined several Hollywood stars on the red carpet, along with Whoopi Goldberg and the Avatar and Terminator 2 director James Cameron.
Goldberg said: "The story of Rocky is the story of every person who has a dream. That's what I love. There's no mystique. This is all about us, it's America's story. I think that's why people love it."