The Rockies, The Boxcars.
Ahh, the Rockies, Box Cars of much muscle, good looks, and minimal brain. Named after the Rocky movies, of which there were 3 by 1984... the fourth had arrived by 1987 when the show moved to Broadway. Having four of the boys helped in the enormous Japan/Australia tours. When the show opened in Bochum they had four Rockies, and there's one photo included here with one of the boys in pink. An interesting statement made by colour choice there. However by 1991 there were only 3 Rockies in Germany. Rumours exist of an accident involving the fourth Rocky so he was cut for safety... I don't know if there's any truth in this tho!
The Rockies were replaced with "Hip Hoppers" for the 2003 US tour. After all, who knows about the Rocky movies these days (errr, that is, until the 5th movie was released in 2006...), and gets the pun on Boxing-box cars, and the name Hip Hoppers is so hip, and rad, and the kids will love it... eurgh. I'm not a fan.
The Rockies are pure 1980s genius breakdancers, drawn directly from the sort of tricks street skaters perform in Central Park and Hyde Park. "Right Place, Right Time" is the most energetic and technically dazzling number in the entire show, just listening to a recording doesn't do it justice. The choreography was altered and drastically simplified to remove all boxing references - punches, muscle poses etc, for the Hip Hoppers. Rocky 1 was, in London at least, partnered with the British train for the races, and when he was scrapped, Rocky 1 lost his chance to compete.
The London costumes had all three Rockies in identical costumes, literally the only variation being the number in the centre of the belt. their lightweight, minimal costumes allowed for easy dancing and showcased the performers' physique, emphasising the human side of the anthropomorphic costume design. The Broadway designed costumes were bigger, brighter, less elegant, giving the performers huge box shoulders which were detached for their dance number. They were also painted bright primary colours, which emphasised the toy train roots of the design. Well, my toy train set had three box cars in yellow, blue and green plastic too! With all the cuts and changes over the years, productions diverged on what character was what colour.
|Bochum -||1988,||Rockies 1,2,3,4,||red, yellow, blue, green|
|1989,||Rockies 1,2,3,4,||red, pink, blue green|
|1990,||Rockies 1,2,3||yellow, green, red|
|US tour-||1991,||Rockies 1,2,3||red, yellow, blue|