Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School Of Rock Musical May First Appear on Broadway
STEP OFF!! While the idea of recent movies being turned into stage musicals is nothing new for Broadway or the West End, word has spread on a brand new movie musical adaption that has people talking! The very recent movie and by recent we mean more than a decade ago, School Of Rock, which starred Jack Black and a cast of stellar kids may be headed to the stage! Who is penning the musical? And where is it going to open first you ask? Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Andrew Lloyd Webber may bring his School of Rock musical adaptation to Broadway before London’s West End!
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Andrew Lloyd Webber announced that, for the first time in more than 40 years, his next musical may first open on Broadway before heading to London’s West End. The last time such an event occurred, it was 1971 and the unknown musical at the time was Jesus Christ Superstar. This time around, the musical is an adaptation of the 2003 film School Of Rock. The 2003 film told the story of a rocker who acts as a substitute teacher at a fourth grade prep school. He takes his classroom and turns it upside down taking the kids talents and turning them into a legit rock band. Webber recently acquired the rights to a stage production of the show and has just begun working on the show’s book.
There is one major reason why Andrew Lloyd Webber is considering Broadway before the West End for his new musical School Of Rock;
“It has to be a bit more rounded. I’d quite like to know more about the children and their parents than I do from the film.”
Webber’s decision to focus the musical’s story more on the children (Pictured Left) and Britain’s strict laws on child labor have forced him to consider Broadway over the West End. With British laws involving child labor, there are a set amount of hours one can work and a certain amount of necessities that must be provided to those children performing. The hour restriction often causes 3 or more children to be cast in one specific role which many times leads to a casting nightmare among British creative teams.
Child labor laws work much different in the United States, specifically in New York. While children working on professional productions are still monitored and laws are in place, they are not nearly as strict as London. Webber went on to say;
“It’s much easier to cast children in New York than it is here. You don’t have to do all this tripe casting, you can cast them as if they’re adults and then you can have them for a six-month or a year contract if you want to, without all these endless changes. And with a show that is so dependent on the children really being able to play, I think that’s important.”
Despite the promise of School of Rock bowing in New York before London, the production is not definite yet according to Webber. He plans to take the summer to work on songs for the show. However, if he feels it is not panning out, he will ditch the idea entirely. If the show does come together though, the earliest we could see School of Rock hit the stage would be in 2016. Webber also mentioned he plans to write original songs for the production while keeping the film’s original songs as well.
While there are so many movie musical stage adaption in the works, this is one that really gets us excited! School of Rock was already a blockbuster movie filled with great songs and a great story as well. Now getting the chance to use what has been created and take an even deeper look at it on stage? We don’t hate it! School of Rock is one of my favorite films from the early 2000’s and a think a musical adaption of the show could sell well. However, I’m not entirely sure. I think a bigger name in terms of Jack Black’s character being needed is definite as well as some solid new tunes by Lord Webber. I would be interested to see his take on this production given what he has done in the past. Plus, can you guys imagine the “Teachers Pet” number? WOAH! Talk about major excitement! None the less, we will keep our eyes peeled for any news on this production and would love for Lord Webber to remind us of his love for Broadway and give us his latest show before he does to London. PS- I always suggest an out-of-town run first. It’s just a must in today’s harsh theatre world known as New York City.
Luner on Theatre will be sure to keep you up to date with the latest news about a potential School of Rock musical headed to the stage! While the pre-West End run on Broadway is not confirmed yet, Webber did mention there was a “strong possibility” it would be happening! Stay tuned and till next time, ROCK ON! For more news, visit Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Official Website.And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!