Katherine McLaughlin and a new set of youngsters debut in School of Rock on Broadway

Katherine McLaughlin assumes the role of Principal Rosalie Mullins in the Broadway production of School of Rock at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Katherine McLaughlin

You're in the Band! Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit muscial School of Rock welcomes a handful of new cast members to the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway tonight. Katherine McLaughlin makes her Broadway debut as she assumes the role of Principal Rosalie Mullins, as former cast member Analisa Leaming played her final performance on July 29.

In addition, eight new youngsters enroll at Horace Green tonight, including Layla Capers (as Tomika), Darrow Golub (as James), Matthew Jost (as Zack), Jordan Cole (as Lawrence), Hudson Loverro (as Billy), Nirvaan Pal (as Mason), with Duke Cutler and Theodora Silverman as Swings.

Former young rockers John Allyn, Gabrielle Greene, Jim Kaplan, Ellie Kim, Colin Lauri, Cory Logan, Iggy Rosado and Zachary Zwelling also graduated from the production on July 29.

The principal cast of School of Rock currently includes Justin Collette (as Dewey Finn), Conner John Gillooly (as alternate Dewey Finn), Katherine McLaughlin (as Rosalie Mullins), Jonathan Gould (as Ned), Lori Eve Marinacci (as Patty), Ava Briglia (as Summer), Levi Buksbazen (as Freddy), Layla Capers (as Tomika), Jordan Cole (as Lawrence), Badia Farha (as Ms. Sheinkopf), Darrow Golub (as James), Katie Greendorfer (as Madison), John Arthur Greene (as Theo), Matthew Jost (as Zack), Madison Elizabeth Lagares (as Shonelle), Montgomery Lamb (as Katie), Hudson Loverro (as Billy), Madalen Yarbrough Mills (as Sophie), Diane Phelan (as Mrs. Hathaway), Nirvaan Pal (as Mason), Josh Tower (as Snake/Mr. Green/Mr. Mooneyham), Joel Waggoner (as Stanley/Mr. Williams), Sarah Walsh (as Marcy), and J. Michael Zygo (as Doug / Mr. Spencer).

School of Rock officially opened on December 6, 2015, following previews from November 9. As previously reported, the production will play its final performance at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre on January 20, 2019.

Based on the 2003 film of the same name and directed by Laurence Connor, School of Rock features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes.

Synopsis: "Down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer The Battle of the Bands."

The production features choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter, and music supervision by Ethan Popp.

School of Rock is produced on Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization.

School of Rock Tickets are available now for performances through to January 20, 2019.

(Photo courtesy of DKC/O&M)