There’s theater in the round, and then there’s the Andrew Lloyd Webber version of it.
The famed composer is returning to Broadway this fall with his latest project, School of Rock: The Musical, and a new music video from the production — featuring a 360-degree rock lesson — is proving that Webber’s tunes are actually going where they never have before (sorry, Heaviside Layer).
The 360-degree video takes a quick second to get used to, but it places the viewer right in the center of the classroom as schlubby substitute teacher Dewey Finn (Alex Brightman) learns that his temporary group of elite prep schoolers have the musical chops to form a puerile rock band. It’s one of the film’s major scenes and likely a pivotal, potential showstopper in the stage musical adapation; though the show isn’t in the round, the music video utilizes the full classroom environment to effective, effusive musical theater degree.
Based on the 2003 Jack Black film, School of Rock: The Musical features music by Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and a book by Julian Fellowes. The show begins previews on Broadway on November 9 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with opening night set for Dec. 6.