Whenever we want to check out a new musical for the first time we try to avoid any reviews in order to go into the show without any expectations. This is especially important considering how often casts can change. Yet, this time going in to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest hit show School of Rock the Musical we got a pint-size review prior to walking to the theater. Rock and X saw the show last fall and they could not stop raving about it. Therefore, when we got invited for a media event we said, “we are ready to ROCK” and we arrived with sky high expectations.
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.
The boys were right! This is a fantastic musical whether you are seeing it with the family or as a date night. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Glenn Slater weave in plenty of rock n’ roll along with traditional Broadway musical tracks. My favorite songs include “If Only You Would Listen” and “Stick It To the Man.”
Yes the child actors do play all their own instruments. Honestly, the cast is ridiculously talented with the child actors and the principal played by Jenn Gambatese stealing the show. I also love how the show focuses on the struggle kids feel to be perfect and please their parents.
Some notes to parents no adult themes or sexual content other than two kisses but some swear words so if kids sensitive keep that in mind. Also, no children under age of four are allowed in theater. The show is quite long with run time of 2 hours and 30 minutes with intermission and the first act has a slow start. So I would not recommend this for any kids under the age of six especially if they cannot sit still for long periods of time.
Currently in performances at the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway) with ticket prices as low as $59 and orchestra seats as low as $89! Visit schoolofrockthemusical.com for show times, more details and to purchase tickets.
Huge congratulations to the one and only Andrew Lloyd Webber for having four hit musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway. Visit www.alwbroadway.com for all show and ticket details.
Three-time Tony Award-winner Glenn Close returns to Broadway and her stunning portrayal of Norma Desmond in Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning “Best Musical,” Sunset Boulevard, at Broadway’s Palace Theatre. Based on Billy Wilder’s classic Academy Award-winning film, Sunset Boulevard originally premiered in London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre in 1993, where it ran for almost four years and played to nearly two million people. The American premiere was at the Shubert Theatre in Century City, Los Angeles in December 1993 with Close as Norma. The musical was an instant success and played 369 performances before moving to Broadway in 1994 with, what was then, the biggest advance in Broadway history, at $37.5million.
School of Rock – The Musical is Lloyd Webber’s newest success. Based on the smash hit film, School of Rock opened at the Winter Garden Theatre 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, Best Book, and Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Now in its second year on Broadway, School of Rock recently opened, again to rave reviews, in London’s West End on November 14, 2016. The musical shattered the house record for the third time at the Winter Garden Theatre by grossing $2,022,136.11 for the week ending December 31, 2016.
CATS, the iconic Lloyd Webber musical that became synonymous with NYC and Broadway, returned to the Great White Way on July 31, 2016 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The new production features direction by Trevor Nunn and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne. Since its world premiere, CATS has been presented in over 30 countries, has been translated into 15 languages, and has been seen by more than 73 million people worldwide. The first-ever revival of Lloyd Webber’s CATS broke house records at the Neil Simon for a 9-performance week, smashing the record previously set by All The Way, with a $1,723,568.70 gross for the week ending December 31, 2016.
Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, directed by theater legend Harold Prince, is the longest-running show in Broadway history and the best-selling musical of all-time. The New York production opened at The Majestic Theatre on Jan. 26, 1988 and went on to win 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical. The Broadway production celebrated an unprecedented 29 Years on January 26, 2016. It has played a staggering 12,000 performances (as of November 2016), been seen by 17 million people, grossing more than $1 billion. PHANTOM remains a box office champ and continues to play with no end in sight. The original cast recording, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide, is the best-selling cast recording of all time.