'School of Rock' musical to premiere in 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'School of Rock' musical will have its world premiere on Broadway in November 2015. The Really Useful Group is working with Warner Music Group on the production, reported Los Angeles Times.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 20, 2014, 08:59 AM IST
'School of Rock' musical to premiere in 2015

Los Angeles: Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'School of Rock' musical will have its world premiere on Broadway in November 2015. The Really Useful Group is working with Warner Music Group on the production, reported Los Angeles Times.

Previews will begin on November 2, 2015 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an opening set for December 6. Besides featuring songs from Richard Linklater's 2003 film, there will be new music written by Lloyd Webber with lyricist Glenn Slater, and there will be a book produced by 'Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes.

The show will be directed by Laurence Connor, who is currently working on Broadway's 'Les Miserables'. Lloyd Webber said: "'School of Rock' is hugely about how music can empower kids. Tim Rice and my first performed piece, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was written for a school. Ever since then, I and my Art Foundation have been actively involved in music education back home in Britain.

"It will be a joy to discover and work with talented musical kids in the USA and, who knows, maybe discover a rock star or three of the next generation." Casting for the show will begin in the new year, with auditions expected to be held across the US in cities including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The 2003 film was based around down-on-his-luck musician Dewey Finn (Jack Black), who pretends to be a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and forms a rock band with his students. A TV series based on the film is also in the works, with Tony Cavalero set to play Dewey.