Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical School of Rock is to receive its UK premiere when it transfers to the London Palladium in autumn 2016.
The production is based on the hugely successful 2003 musical comedy film, School of Rock starring Jack Black. The show sees wannabee rock-star Dewey Finn take a teaching job in a prestigious school to make ends meet. Discovering the musical talents of his class he enlists them to form a rock group and conquer Battle of the Bands.
Lloyd Webber confirmed the London transfer at the Broadway opening of School of Rock The Musical which is currently playing at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York.
The composer said “I am thrilled to announce that we are confirming a West End production of School of Rock – The Musical. We have had such a great time in the US staging the world premiere and now that we have opened on Broadway, I am delighted to be focusing on the next chapter in the show’s journey.”
Lloyd Webber chose to open the production on Broadway rather than the West End because of the more relaxed child performance regulations in the US.
No casting details have been announced however this is the perfect role for the West Ends current leading man Killian Donnelly who has originated leading roles in the West End productions of The Commitments, Memphis and is currently starring in the hottest new musical Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre.
School of Rock has music by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes.
The Broadway production is directed by Laurence Connor, with choreography by JoAnn M Hunter and set and costume design by Anna Louizos.
It is produced by Lloyd Webber for the Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group and Access Industries, the Shubert Organization and the Nederlander Organization.
School of Rock – The Musical will run from 24 October 2016 at the New London Theatre.