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Andrew Lloyd Webber's SCHOOL OF ROCK Eyeing Autumn Bow at New London Theatre; Still Hunting for Lead

The Daily Mail reports that the West End production of School of Rock - The Musical, previously announced for a May 2017 bow at the New London Theatre, might be bringing the Gods of Rock to London sooner.

"We're looking into whether we can get into the theatre in November. But we're by no means confirmed," Andrew Lloyd Webber told the Mail. "I would say there's a 40 per cent chance of it happening this autumn."

Webber is also still on the hunt for the role of 'Dewey Finn', currently played on Broadway by Tony nominee Alex Brightman.

As previously announced, School of Rock - The Musical will launch a US tour in the fall of 2017, playing coast-to-coast engagements across America. School of Rock - The Musical opened at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway) on Sunday, December 6, 2015.

Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes. School of Rock - The Musical is directed by Laurence Connor with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, set and costume designs by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter, music supervision by Ethan Popp and hair design by Josh Marquette.

Down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.

Produced by Paramount Pictures, the 2003 film was directed by Richard Linklater and starred Jack Black in a career-defining performance and went on to gross more than $130 million worldwide.

Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy


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