School of Rock

  • School of Rock

    Alex Brightman and the original Broadway cast (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

  • School of Rock

    David Fynn and the original West End cast (Photo: Tristram Kenton)

  • School of Rock

    David Fynn & Oliver Jackson from the West End’s original cast (Photo: Tristram Kenton)

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new hit musical, based on the much-loved film of the same name.

Based on the Paramount movie by Mike White
Book by Julian Fellowes
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
New Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Rock got no reason, rock got no rhymeYou better get me to school on time! School of Rock is a two-hour, two-act musical (plus intermission), based on the hit movie. The tuner follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?

The stage musical on Broadway and in the West End is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has also composed 14 new songs for the show, which additionally features all of the original songs from the movie. The composer’s numbers “You’re in the Band” and “Stick it to the Man” are well on their way to becoming rock solid standards, while the finale with “Teacher’s Pet” brings audiences to their feet, eight shows a week.

School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. May the spirit of rock be with the schools and community theatres (performers must currently be aged 18 or younger) who pledge allegiance to Lloyd Webber’s newest hit!

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Watch videos from the show

  • Trailer for Broadway production
  • “You’re in the Band” 360 degree video, featuring the original Broadway cast
  • You can't stop the School of Rock!
  • The original West End cast on The X Factor
  • Trailer for West Potomac High School’s 2016 production
  • Trailer for Severna Park Stage Company’s 2016 production
  • Tahlia Ellie sings “Time to Play” at the Union County Performing Arts Center in 2016

Show tags

Performance Group: Camp/Studio, Children’s Theatre, Community Theatre, High School, Secondary School

Type: Book Musical

Style: Contemporary Broadway, Pop/Rock

Size of Orchestra: Medium

Setting: Contemporary

Genre: Adaptation (Stage & Screen), Comedy, Family

Vocal Demands: Challenging, Moderate

Dance Requirements: Minimal

Cast Size: Large

Casting Opportunities: Children, Ensemble Cast, Multicultural Casting, Reduced Casting/Doubling, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male

Target Audience: Appropriate For All Audiences

Award Recognition: Broadway, West End

Collection: Most popular, School Favorites, Star Vehicle Female, Star Vehicle Male

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