NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH…. Direct from Broadway is a musical guaranteed to get audiences playing air guitar in the aisles. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new venture, School of Rock, will hit British shores this October after it has cut its teeth on New York audiences where it opened in December 2015.
The Broadway cast of School of Rock
In an earlier interview Lord Lloyd Webber said “It’s my first ever testing a new show in New York. You couldn’t open this in London, as I’ve always done, because we haven’t kids in music school like the US. Twenty-two hundred auditioned (in New York) and we’ve changed things quickly four times. You can’t do it that fast in London.”
After it’s recent Broadway premiere NY1 magazine called it “A THRILLING ROCK-SOLID HIT! ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S MUSIC IS HIS BEST IN YEARS!”
Based on the 2003 film starring Jack Black, this new musical has a script written by Julian Fellows, whose past stage credits include the hugely successful Mary Poppins and, of course, he is the creator of ITV’s Downton Abbey.
The story follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Completely disinterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.
As well as all the original songs from the film, Lloyd Webber has composed 14 new songs which, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music.
School of Rock will have it’s British premiere at the New London theatre on 24th October 2016 and School of Rock Theatre Breaks will be available to book soon