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School of Rock The Musical sets national tour, London premiere

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Matthew Murphy

Fresh off its Broadway opening, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock—The Musical has already announced its second and third lessons.

The show, which opened Dec. 6 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre, will enjoy its London premiere in the fall of 2016 at the London Palladium. Webber calls it an “exciting reversal,” as School of Rock marks the composer’s first world premiere on Broadway, rather than his previous approaches which found shows premiering in London before crossing the pond.

Doubling down even further, a national tour of School of Rock will launch in the United States in the fall of 2017, and Webber announced that “150 schools, and counting, will be performing amateur versions of School of Rock, beginning in March with the Oakland School of the Arts.”

Based on the 2003 comedy of the same name, School of Rock—The Musical features music by Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. The Broadway musical stars Alex Brightman as Dewey Finn, a wannabe rocker who transforms a group of schoolchildren into the rock band he never had. EW recently debuted a first look at the production.