School of Rock - The Musical Information
Get ready to "Stick It to the Man"!
Based on the hilarious 2003 film, which starred Jack Black as Dewey Finn, the musical adaptation brought together an unlikely team of rockers that includes composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyricist Glenn Slater and "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes, who provides the book. Each of these three men have seemingly embraced their child within and grabbed an air guitar to create one of the most fun-loving and family-friendly musicals on the Great White Way.
The Broadway premiere officially opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on December 6, 2015, following previews from November 9, and went on to earn four Tony Award nominations, including "Best Musical" in 2016.
One of the main draws of this production is the fantastically talented ensemble of children who play their instruments live on stage eight times a week. The infamous advice to any actor to avoid working with animals and children couldn't be further off the mark, if School of Rock is anything to go by. I dare say that a few adults working on the Broadway scene could be schooled by these kids and learn a thing or two along the way.
Aside from the show's integral anthem of "Stick It to the Man", other musical highlights from Webber's score include "You're in the Band" - a high-energy, expositional piece where we are introduced to each child and their musical talents - and "Where Did the Rock Go?" which offers uptight headmistress Rosalie Mullins' her time to shine in the spotlight.
Kids, grab your parents... Parents, grab the grandparents... This is a live experience that is sure to get anyone from any generation on their feet and rocking out by the end of the show. See what happens when the strictly regimented routine of Horace Green School is invaded by the anti-establishmentarian spirit of Rock!
(Photos by Matthew Murphy)
In School of Rock - The Musical, 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.
2hr 15min (incl. intermission)
November 9th, 2015
January 20th, 2019
November 9th, 2015
Winter Garden Theatre
Cast and creative
By: Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, with a Book by Julian Fellowes
Director: Laurence Connor
Producer: The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization
Cast list: Justin Collette (as Dewey Finn), Conner John Gillooly (as alternate Dewey Finn), Mamie Parris (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)
Design: Anna Louizos
Lighting: Natasha Katz
Costume: Anna Louizos
Choreography: JoAnn M. Hunter
Sound: Mick Potter