The cast of School of Rock: The Musical got to meet the real Mr. Schneebly. Jack Black, who starred in the 2003 film the Broadway show is based on, stopped by on Sunday to see the stage production and chat with the cast.
“It was so good,” Black told the group of kid actors backstage (via the Associated Press). “There were so many times I went, ‘I could not have done it that well.’ You made me laugh. You made me cry. You made me rock.'”
Alex Brightman, who plays Dewey in the musical, wrote on Instagram that Black “is cooler than you even think he is.” He continued, “He was the greatest guy. And he had the nicest things to say about [the musical].” Brightman also posted a selfie with him and Ant-Man star Paul Rudd, who was also in attendance.
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Black, who also signed a ukulele for actor Spencer Moses, told the AP that he was initially ambivalent about watching the production. “You know, before coming, I wasn’t sure,” he said. “I’m so protective of the movie — it’s kind of the best thing I’ve done in my life — but I was thrilled to see that they had taken it to a whole new level. Not only was it an homage but it’s an incredible theatrical experience on its own.”