Jack Black's comedy movie to be performed on a live stage.
Fans of Jack Black's epic 2003 comedy 'School of Rock' can get excited as a stage version of the story prepares to hit Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest project - featuring songs both old and new!
Andrew Lloyd Webber to work on 'School Of Rock'
We've had our fingers crossed for a sequel to Richard Linklater's musical movie since it was announced as 'School of Rock 2: America Rocks' back in 2008, but then it started to look like we weren't going to see rock teacher Dewey Finn return to our screens after all. Never fear though, as now the original story is coming to Broadway towards the end of 2015 with previews kicking off in November.
If you haven't seen the movie, it stars Jack Black as a wannabe rockstar struggling to pay rent and living with his roomate Ned, a substitute teacher. When Ned gets a call for a short-term classroom stay, Dewey answers and decides to take on the job himself - anything for a little cashflow. He tries to get away with not teaching his new class anything, but after their protestations decides to introduce them to the world of rock music and forms a group for an upcoming Battle of the Bands competition.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, who recently brought his 80s production 'Cats' back to the West End with some modern twists, will be using the popular tracks from the movie as well as some brand new compositions with lyrics by Glenn Slater.
'It is a joy for me to return to my 'Jesus Christ Superstar' roots', says Andrew Lloyd Webber in a statement. 'When Deep Purple's Ian Gillan was recording 'Jesus' for Tim Rice and me at London's Olympic Studios, Led Zeppelin was recording next door and a glimpse of a Stone or two was routine! School of Rock is hugely about how music can empower kids.'
The Broadway show will be directed by Laurence Connor - cast announcements to follow soon.