Andrew Lloyd Webber has launched open auditions to find the next West End stars for his new musical School of Rock.
Lloyd Webber described the move as “a big fishing expedition” and added “We need brilliantly talented children who can act, sing and play rock instruments. In the USA, more than 22,000 kids auditioned and we ended up with a band who can rock out with the best. We have to discover that band in Britain, not just kids who act and sing. Our show depends on it.”
The open auditions will be for child performers, who must be eight years old (nine when rehearsals begin), under 5ft tall and resident in the UK. See here for more details.
Based on the hugely successful 2003 musical comedy film starring Jack Black, School of Rock sees a wannabee rock-star take a teaching job 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 opened School of Rock to great acclaim at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre in 2015; the show has since gone on to break box office records twice. Andrew stated in 2014 that they chose to open the show in the US because the child performance legislation made it easier than the UK.
School of Rock is due to open on 14 November 2016, with preview from 24 October at the New London Theatre.