Following a hugely popular run on Broadway, the multi-Tony Award nominated School of Rock – The Musical transferred to the New London Theatre in London’s West End, with previews starting on the 20th October 2016.
Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same name, School of Rock – The Musical has had 14 brand new songs written by legendary West End composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, with book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and lyrics by Glenn Slater, known for his work as lyricist on Disney’s Tangled.
School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star whose dreams have continued long after his music career has failed to take off, who decides to earn some extra cash by posing as his friend Ned Schneebly in order to work as a supply teacher at a high class preparatory school. Not content with the regular curriculum, Dewey sets out to turn the group of bookish straight-A pupils into guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, drum-beating mid-blowing rock band.
With a local Battle of the Bands competition on the horizon, Dewey has the chance to live out his dreams through the new generation of young rock starts, but will he be able to get them to there without their parents or the school’s uptight headmistress, Rosalie, finding out?
David Fynn (The Inbetweeners, Sherlock and Game of Thrones) takes the lead role of Dewey, originally made famous by Jack Black, while Florence Andrews (Miss Atomic Bomb, A Little Night Music) plays Rosalie Mullins. The cast also features Oliver Jackson as Ned Schneebly and Preeya Kalidas as Patty Di Marco.
Featuring all the songs from the original movies, as well as over a dozen brilliant new Andrew Lloyd Webber additions, this musical delivers high octane guitar riffs and moving romance in equal measures. With Jack Black himself saying how “I laughed. I cried. I rocked!”, this is one West End musical not to be missed.
School of Rock – The Musical officially opened on 14th November 2016, with preview performances having began on 24th October 2016.
School of Rock – The Musical truly is a must see for any fans of the original, with the spectacular music and side splitting humour of the original being adapted and extended masterfully for the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
If you’re not a big rock fan – don’t worry, there is far more to The School of Rock than merely guitars and drums. It’s a musical about being young, breaking the rules and falling in love.