The reviews for School of Rock are in, and this new musical pumps out infectious fun like a Fender amp pumps out high-flying guitar solos. Based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Black, the musical features Alex Brightman in the leading role of Dewey – and he nails every note. The school kids with whom Dewey starts his new band also impress, playing both their instruments and their roles with skill. The creative team may include some unlikely names (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes, to be specific) but the feel of the show is spot on, making it easy to love. Lace up your sneakers, un-tuck your shirt, and head to the Winter Garden Theater for a rock ‘n roll show with a dash of Broadway heart.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF SCHOOL OF ROCK
Andrew Lloyd Webber has entered his second childhood, and it turns out to be a good career move. For his latest offering, “School of Rock the Musical,” which opened with a deafening electric twang at the Winter Garden Theater on Sunday night, this lordly British composer has been hanging out with fifth graders...READ THE REVIEW
TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCHOOL OF ROCK
Ever see the pitch-perfect 2003 Jack Black comedy “School of Rock”? Then you know what to expect from the musical version: fake substitute teacher Dewey Finn frenetically inspiring his charges to release their inner Jimi Hendrix; uptight preppy tweens learning classic riffs; and the band’s pivotal, make-or-break…
Andrew Lloyd Webber unleashed his inner child to write the period rock for “School of Rock,” an exuberant feel-good musical based on the beloved 2003 movie starring Jack Black as a wannabe rock musician who puts together a kick-ass band composed of school children. While paying his respects to that manic role m… read more
Andrew Lloyd Webber has returned to the magnificent Winter Garden Theatre, for nearly 18 years (1992-2000) home to his now-and-forever musical “Cats.” “School of Rock” won’t be leaving any time soon, of that I’m pretty certain. Exuberantly loud, high-spirited and upbeat, it’s a feel-good show for Boomers and, g… read more
It’s funny, but you don’t realize just how badly you needed to see a 12-year-old boy powering through a face-melting guitar solo, or his pint-size female counterpart on bass, pouting like the coolest of rocker chicks, until you witness them onstage in the disarming musical adaptation of “School of Rock.” Led by… read more
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