School of Rock – The Musical
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical is based on the film of the same name, School of Rock. This is the same man that brought us Cats, Evita, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Chris Superstar and Phantom of the Opera.
Alex Brightman is terrific as Dewy Fin, the aspiring rock star who poses as a substitute teacher in a fifth grade class at a strict, famous prep school. Dewey discovers that his students have musical talent, and he harnesses his love of rock, with the children’s desire to be heard and recognized by their peers and parents. It’s a touching story, with specific lines that are wake-up calls to parents to pay attention to their children. The production has 13 children, school desks and a strict headmistress. The similarity to Matilda ends there. This is a better production all around.
Recommended for families with children five and over, and understand that this has a story line, but is more like attending a loud rock concert in terms of listening to the music which can drown out the lyrics and dialogue.