You wanted a rock band of elite prep school students, and you shall have a rock band of elite prep school students.
When the stage musical adaptation of School of Rock hits Broadway this November, all eyes will fall on the ensemble of children—collected from all over the country after an exhaustive search—and their collective ability to, as you say, rock.
An early peek at the Broadway production’s take on one of the most popular songs from the film should prove that there will indeed be no lack of musical star power in this cast of talented kids.
Ripped right from the beloved 2003 comedy starring Jack Black, “Teacher’s Pet” is the climactic song penned by wannabe rocker turned substitute teacher Dewey Finn (played here by thunderous ball of energy Alex Brightman), who takes over a class of well-to-do elementary schoolers and transforms them into the rock band he never had.
The stage musical features 14 new songs from famed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, plus all of the original songs from the film. Webber’s newest stage project pairs him with Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and Disney lyricist Glenn Slater for what early buzz suggests is one of the most promising movie-turned-musical experiments in years (and one of the season’s greatest threats to stealing the thunder from the behemoth that is Hamilton). Warner Bros. Records will release the show’s original cast recording on December 4, on the eve of its Broadway opening.
School of Rock the Musical doesn’t premiere on Broadway until November, when it will take over the massive Winter Garden Theatre, but a series of pre-preview staged concert performances were offered at New York’s Gramercy Theatre earlier this summer. Watch “Teacher’s Pet” and decide for yourself whether you’ll find yourself applying for admission this fall.