School of Rock Recoups Broadway Investment

Broadway News   School of Rock Recoups Broadway Investment The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will launch a national tour in the fall.
Eric Peterson and the cast
Eric Petersen and the cast Bruce Glikas/SchoolOfRock

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock, which plays the Winter Garden Theatre, has recouped its entire investment. The musical opened on Broadway December 6, 2015.

School of Rock is based on the hit 2003 film of the same name and features music from the movie, as well as an original score by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes, and direction by Laurence Connor.

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The national tour will launch in September in Rochester, New York, at RBTL’s Auditorium Theatre.

School of Rock is produced on Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization. Nina Lannan and Madeleine Lloyd Webber serve as executive producers.

The current Broadway cast includes Eric Petersen as Dewey, Jenn Gambatese as Rosalie, Steven Booth as Ned, and Becky Gulsvig as Patty, along with Terrance Bell Jr., Paul Luke Bonenfant, Emily Borromeo, Chloé Bryan, Amadi Chapata, Olivia Chun, Emily Cramer, Ava Della Pietra, Natalie Charle Ellis, John Arthur Greene, Gianna Harris, Merritt David Janes, Nehal Joshi, Rachel Katzke, Ellie Kim, Jason Kisare, Lulu Lloyd, Raghav Mehrotra, Brandon Niederauer, Cassie Okenka, Patrick O’Neill, Sammy Ramirez, Ruth Righi, Jersey Sullivan, Walden Sullivan, Jesse Swimm, Josh Tower, Annabelle Wachtel, Joel Waggoner, Jonathan Wagner, and J. Michael Zygo.

The Broadway production was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lloyd Webber and Slater), Best Book (Fellowes), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman). School of Rock also won the 2017 Oliver for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Watch footage from the Broadway production below:

School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There, he turns a class of straight-A students into a mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school's uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

The musical also features choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter, and music supervision by Ethan Popp.

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