Hoping to educate us once again, Andrew Lloyd-Webber returns to Broadway with a brand-new show! Adapted from the 2003 Jack Black movie of the same name, School of Rock is set to feature his bumbling lead character Dewey Finn played by Alex Brightman (Matilda, Big Fish), the hilarious slacker with rock stardom on his mind.
Not since 1971 has Andrew Lloyd-Webber launched a show on Broadway before London’s West End, so we can expect that this new production, that will mix songs from the movie with brand new songs by the iconic composer and lyricist Glenn Slater, will be a rockin’ spectacular! Oh, and the book comes from Julian Fellowes, the writer of a “relatively unknown” TV show called Downtown Abbey. Nope, we’ve never heard it either….
WHAT IS SCHOOL OF ROCK ABOUT?
Rock star wannabe Dewey Finn is down on his luck. He’s been kicked out of own band No Vacancy for his over enthusiastic on-stage antics, and his landlord is threatening conviction unless he coughs up his overdue rent. Desperate for money, he disguises himself as a substitute music teacher to land a position at a well-to-do prep school.
When he meets his new class, a bunch of smart-talking kids who happen to be more than a little handy when it comes to musical instruments, an idea begins to form. A local Battle of the Bands competition is looming, featuring none other than No Vacancy, and Dewey sees a chance for both revenge and a proper shot at rock stardom!