Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School Of Rock at the London Palladium
The latest musical from the world famous impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber is Rock Of Ages, based on the Jack Black film of the same name, which runs at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York. That production only recently opened on the other side of the Atlantic but now news emerges of a West End run beginning in the summer of 2016 at the London Palladium.
This is bound to be big news for fans of the hit 2003 film, which saw Jack Black trick his way into teaching schoolchildren, whilst also providing the latest opportunity to see the work of Lloyd Webber in the capital (joining his other hit shows like The Phantom Of The Opera).
In School Of Rock we meet the character of Dewey Finn (played by Black in the film and currently played by Alex Brightman on Broadway) who is at a loss after being kicked-out of his band. Pretending to be his roommate, he gets a job as a substitute teacher and, realising that this is harder than it looks, reverts to his (and his students’) talents in music to create a band of school kids instead.
Naturally the show features various musical numbers and these will be performed onstage, with songs like Queen Of The Night, In The End Of Time and Stick It To The Man, amongst others.
Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the biggest names in the West End and in addition to the mentioned The Phantom Of The Opera has been responsible for many of the district’s best known shows. Examples include Love Never Dies (the Phantom sequel), the recent Stephen Ward, The Woman In White, Cats and Sunset Boulevard, amongst others. He is also well known for his television work, particularly with BBC talent search programmes like Any Dream Will Do.
Exact dates are yet to be confirmed, but audiences can look forward to seeing School Of Rock in the West End when it opens at the London Palladium in the autumn of 2016.