It’s been more than 12 years since School of Rock blasted its way on to our screens, but it’s shown the kind of enduring stamina in our hearts reserved for only the most face melting guitar solos. Hardly surprising then, that’s its being made into a hit Broadway show produced by the world-renowned composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and expected to sell out 8 shows a week for its considerable run.
Mike White's original film starred Jack Black as Dewey Finn, a failed musician who, kicked out of his band, decides to try and earn a bit of extra money posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Disillusioned with the boring curriculum and the rigid discipline of the school, he decides to give the students a lesson in something a little bit more exciting…thus the School of Rock is born, and first period is Rock Appreciation and Theory!
Understandably, the kids are thrilled to chuck in Maths and Science in favour of rocking out, and soon some incredible singing and instrumental talent is unearthed in the group. Forming a super group of seriously rocking school kids, the class are poised for world domination…if their parents will let them, of course.
The new Broadway production sticks faithfully to the much-loved plot (even Jack Black’s replacement looks spookily like him!), but has the added pizzazz of live music and the influence of an incredible audience. Open auditions were held to find talented wannabe rock stars to fill the class, so even the cast are fulfilling their dreams in the way of their film counterparts!
Having kicked off in early November, The School of Rock is already proving to be a huge hit on Broadway, so be sure to pre-book your tickets and avoid missing out.