Based on the smash-hit cult classic film School of Rock starring Jack Black, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes adapted the story of wannabe rock star Dewey Finn into a rock ‘n’ roll musical. Originally opening at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway in 2015, starring Alex Brightman and Sierra Boggess, School of Rock – The Musical follows the story of Dewey as he becomes a substitute teacher at a prestigious school. Earning praise from audiences and critics alike, the musical went on to be nominated for an impressive four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, as well as five Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
School of Rock (2003 film)
The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group, Access Industries, The Schubert Organization, The Nederlander Organization
Joann M. Hunter
Original Broadway Production
Winter Garden Theatre - Opened 6 Dec 2015, closed 28 May 2017
Cast: Alex Brightman (Dewey Finn), Sierra Boggess (Rosalie Mullins), Spencer Moses (Ned Schneebly), Mamie Parris (Patty Di Marco), Taylor Caldwell (Shonelle), Evie Dolan (Katie), Jersey Sullivan (James), Corinne Wilson (Sophie), Carly Gendell (Marcy), Ethan Khusidman (Mason), Dante Melucci (Freddy), Bobbi MacKenzie (Tomika), Brandon Niederauer (Zack), Luca Padovan (Billy), Jared Parker (Lawrence), Isabella Russo (Summer), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Madison), Steven Booth (Doug; Mr Spencer), Emily Cramer (Ms Sheinkopf), Alan H. Green (Snake; Mr Mooneyham), John Arthur Greene (Theo), Michael Hartney (Stanley; Mr Williams), John Hemphill (Gabe Brown; Mr Sanford; Jeff Sanderson), Merritt David Janes (Bob; Mr Hamilton), Jaygee Macapugay (Mrs Hathaway)
Original London Production
New London Theatre - Opened 24 Oct 2016, closed 12 Feb 2017
Cast: Not yet announced.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash-hit new musical follows down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn as he discovers a newfound love of teaching the power of rock.
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Based on the hit 2003 film starring Jack Black, School of Rock is the hilarious new musical that follows failed wannabe rock-star Dewey Finn as he poses as a substitute teacher. When Dewey’s band “No Vacancy” decide that they want to get rid of him as their lead singer, his dreams of becoming a famous frontman are shattered. Resorting to endless days sleeping in at his apartment, which he lives in thanks to substitute teacher and best friend Ned Schneebly and his uptight girlfriend Patty, Dewey becomes a complete slob.
After endless nagging from a vicious Patty, who encourages him to give up his dreams and get a normal job otherwise he will be thrown out, Dewey decides that it may be time to take action. When private school Horace Green phones the apartment asking for Ned and offering a whacking $950 sum a week, Dewey can’t resist taking up the offer for himself – posing as Ned! Out of place in a school of straight ties, straight-laces and straight faces, Dewey soon finds out that there may be more to this teaching malarkey than he thought.
Meeting the beautiful, yet extremely uptight headmistress Rosalie Mullins, Dewey becomes aware that he has his work cut out for him. At first, he takes zero interest in the snotty children around him, but when he overhears the potential talent coming from the music room, he hatches a cunning plan. With the upcoming Battle of the Bands, Dewey begins to teach the children a lesson they will never forget and gives them a complete education in the power of rock music.
Soon, the children begin to have more fun than they’ve ever had at Horace Green, learning new talents and finally working together. Rosalie begins to relax a bit more in the company of Dewey, and when the two take a trip to a grotty pub, she reveals that she has always had a love for rock music. Taking his opportune moment, Dewey asks if he can take the children to a concert, secretly covering his alternative motives to take them to compete in Battle of the Bands against “No Vacancy”.
Unfortunately, Patty cottons on to Dewey’s mysterious employment and calls the police on him at a parent’s evening. When it is revealed to the parents, kids and Rosalie that Dewey is not in fact Ned, he is forced to leave the school just before the epic Battle of the Bands concert. Luckily, the kids want to rock ‘n’ roll just as much as Dewey does, and sneak to his apartment to take him to the concert!
- “I’m Too Hot for You”
- “When I Climb to the Top of Mount Rock”
- “Horace Green Alma Mater”
- “Here at Horace Green”
- “Variation 7”
- “Children of Rock”
- “Mount Rock (Reprise)”
- “Queen of the Night”
- “You’re in the Band”
- “If Only You Would Listen”
- “In the End of Time (A Cappella Version)”
- “Faculty Quadrille”
- “Stick it to the Man”
- “Time to Play”
- “Where Did the Rock Go?”
- “Dewey’s Confession”
- “School of Rock (Teacher’s Pet)”
2016 Tony Awards: Nominated for 4 awards, including Best Musical
UK: Really Useful Group
USA: R & H Theatricals