I was invited to check out Rocky on Broadway and thought it was only fitting to have some Philly cheesesteaks beforehand (or at least as close as you can get in New York City).

Rocky on Broadway

There are only a few spots to throughout the city where you can get a good cheesesteak and I gave Shorty’s in Hell’s Kitchen a try.

Shorty's Cheesesteak

Shorty’s supposedly has some connection to the historic Tony Luke’s in Philadelphia and it shows. The Hell’s Kitchen location is more like a bar than anything, with a kitchen in the back. Don’t let this fool you though. The cheesesteaks are legit. The bread has a slight crunch to it as you bite into tender slices of beef covered in Cheez Whiz. These may not be as good as what you can get down in Philly, but it’s a solid alternative.

Shorty's Cheesesteak

Now onto the show! If I had only one word to sum up Rocky on Broadway it would be WOW. Lead actors Andy Karl and Margo Seibert deliver tremendous performances. The sets left me speechless – seemingly having their own well-rehearsed choreography as pieces moved back and forth making up the ring, boxing gym and apartments.

While the first act took a little while to capture me, I’ve never seen an audience so completely engaged from the start of the second act. The theater was cheering throughout act two as the play built up to a show-stopping ending never before seen on Broadway (I won’t ruin it for you). Macho men that think Broadway isn’t for them – if you ever wanted to go see a show, now is the time.

Please note: Barton’s Bites received complimentary tickets to Rocky on Broadway.