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 school-of-rock-1I loved it and enjoyed it when I first saw it last fall at the Winter Garden in New York, where it is STILL running. That was the night I met Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes for the first time. He was bursting with pride, obviously enjoying every minute of his new projects acclaim. The house was packed. He did the book of this new musical, which opened first in New York and just now in London, to equal if not greater acclaim. See below…


 – The Daily Mirror




New York, NY (November 15, 2016) – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit Broadway musical School of Rock – The Musical opened last night to rave reviews at London’s New London Theatre. The musical, which premiered at NYC’s Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway) on Sunday, December 6, 2015 earned Lloyd Webber the best reviews of his career.  Here’s a sampling of what the critics had to say:

School of Rock – The Musical has now landed with an almighty kerrang of confidence in the West End. The rave reviews Stateside suggested that Lloyd Webber and his associated had made the creative grade in turning the much-loved Hollywood comedy into a musical. The big question, though, was whether the same magic could happen here. The answer is a resounding yes. School of Rock – The Musical is the most enjoyable two hours money can buy.”

– Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph

“Time to rename Andrew Lloyd Webber…Lord Meat Loaf! The veteran composer’s latest show, just imported from America, is a rooty-tooty, rock-pumpin’ effort with not a single, warbling ballad to be found. Instead it gives us a stage full of child-rockers playing electric guitar like shrink-wrapped Jimi Hendrixes. Ear splitting and rib-tickling, it makes for one of the most merrily liberated romps (or riffs) of the year.”

– Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

“School of Rock is a triumphant return for Andrew Lloyd Webber as the king of hit musicals. This guitar-laden reinvention has echoes of his rockier shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. But, better still, he’s succeeded in creating another genuine family show. This musical is full of fun and energy and has a universal appeal which could make School of Rock a West End smash.

– Rob McPhee, Daily Mirror

On Broadway, School of Rock – The Musical is currently in performances at the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway). The musical is based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes and direction by Laurence Connor. School of Rock – The Musical opened to rave reviews on Sunday, December 6, 2015. This Ben Brantley New York Times ‘Critics’ Pick’ “is an inspiring jolt of energy and mad skillz,” raves Jesse Oxfeld of Entertainment Weekly. And in his four-star Critics’ Pick review, Time Out’s David Cote proclaimed, School’s IN – forever!”  School of Rock – The Musical was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lloyd Webber and Slater), Best Book (Fellowes), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman).

Based on the hit film, School of Rock – The Musical is a hilarious new musical that follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

School of Rock features choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, and sound design by Mick Potter and music supervision by Ethan Popp.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, once again, has the rare distinction of having three musicals running simultaneously on Broadway: School of Rock – The Musical, CATS, and The Phantom of the Opera.


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