School of Rock, the Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Glenn Slater (lyrics), and Julian Fellowes (book) musical based on the 2003 film of the same name, will end its run on at the Winter Garden Theatre on January 20, 2019. The Tony-nominated musical will have run 1,307 performances. The musical will, however, continue t0 live-on in its West End production, National Tour, and its upcoming production in Melbourne.
In an unprecedented move, Andrew Lloyd Webber teamed-up with Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals to make School of Rock available for school and youth organization performances before it even played on Broadway. Approximately, one-thousand productions have been produced around the world, offering kids an opportunity to participate in a musical that is still playing in professional productions.
“Based on the hit film,School of Rock – The Musical is a hilarious new musical that follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.”
School of Rock opened at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre on December 6, 2015, with direction by Laurence Connor. It 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 The Musical was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lloyd Webber and Slater), Best Book (Fellowes), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman).
The current Broadway cast of School of Rock includes Justin Collette as “Dewey,” Analisa Leaming as “Rosalie,” Jonathan Gould as “Ned,” Lori Eve Marinacci as “Patty,” Conner John Gillooly as “Dewey Alternate,” Zachary Zwelling as “Zack,” Levi Buksbazen as “Freddy,” Montgomery Lamb as “Katie,” Jim Kaplan as “Lawrence,” Ava Briglia as “Summer,” John Allyn as “Billy,” and Gabrielle Greene as “Tomika.” The adult ensemble includes Badia Farha, John Arthur Greene, John Hemphill, Lizzie Klemperer, Lulu Lloyd, Cassie Okenka, Patrick O’Neill, Diane Phelan, Jesse Swimm, Josh Tower, Joel Waggoner, Jonathan Wagner, Jeremy Woodard, and J. Michael Zygo. The kids’ ensemble includes Caroline Basu, Katie Greendorfer, Ellie Kim, Madison Elizabeth Lagares, Colin Lauri, Cory Logan, Madalen Yarbrough Mills, Mikey Sohn, Iggy Rosado, and Sarah Walsh.
It was recently announced that the show will welcome a new class of eight young rockers to Horace Green beginning on Monday, July 30, 2018. The new class includes Layla Capers as “Tomika”, Duke Cutler as a Swing, Darrow Golub as “James”, Matthew Jost as “Zack” the guitarist, Jordan Cole as “Lawrence” the keyboardist, Hudson Loverro as “Billy”, Nirvaan Pal as “Mason” and Theodora Silverman as a Swing.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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