The new musical School of Rock that opened on Broadway in December has broken the current box office record at the Winter Garden Theatre. The show has taken more than $1.5 million dollars since opening.
The West End transfer of School of Rock as also been announced and the adaption by Andrew Lloyd Webber is due to open at the London Palladium in the Autumn of 2016, so the news of massive box office success stateside bodes well for the London production
On the confirmation of the transfer, Andrew Lloyd Webber said, ‘We have had such a great time staging the world premiere and now that we have opened on Broadway, I am delighted to be focusing on the next chapter in the show's journey’. Then, after the publication of almost unanimous rave reviews from the press he said, ‘I had forgotten what it was to have this kind of hit. It is particularly great as we have no star names and we are witnessing personal triumphs for our brilliant kids. Now our team will begin searching across the UK for talented children to star in the West End transfer’.
Based on the hit 2003 feature film that stared Jack Black, School of Rock tells the story of a struggling wannabe rock star that poses as a substitute teacher in a prestigious private school to earn some extra cash. But enrolling his students into his rock band takes priority over the ‘teaching’.
The show is directed by Laurence Connor and features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes.
Look out for more news on the West End arrival of School of Rock coming very soon…