Directed by Laurence Connor, the man behind the re-imagined productions of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, School of Rock – The Musical is based around wannabe rock star Dewey Finn (played by Jack Black in the film version), who cons his way into becoming a substitute teacher for an American fifth-grade class. Dewey then goes about creating a rock band from the children under his care and enlists the group in a Battle of the Bands.
Glenn Slater and Andrew Lloyd Webber are no strangers to creating a new musical together; their last collaboration was the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies. This found little success with the public or the critics, let's hope they don’t make the same mistakes again!
The last time Lloyd Webber opened a show over the pond, it was the 1971 smash-hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Only time will tell if School of Rock – The Musical can find the same public and critical success.