Rob Colletti to Shred in Chicago When SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL Arrives This Fall
Broadway In Chicago and Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber have announced that casting has been finalized for the national tour of the high-octane Broadway and West End hit, SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL.
SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL will play Broadway In Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) for a limited three-week engagement November 1-19, 2017.
Rocking the roofs off of theaters across America, the SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL national tour stars Rob Colletti as Dewey, Lexie Dorsett Sharp as Rosalie, Matt Bittner as Ned, Emily Borromeo as Patty, Merritt David Janes as Dewey Alternate, Deidre Lang as Ms. Sheinkopf, Olivia Bucknor as Shonelle, Theodora Silverman as Katie, Chloe Anne Garcia as Marcy, Carson Hodges as Mason, Gianna Harris as Tomika, Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton as Freddy, Phoenix Schuman as Zack, John Michael Pitera as Billy, Theo Mitchell-Penner as Lawrence and Ava Briglia as Summer. The adult ensemble features John Campione, Patrick Clanton, Christopher Deangelis, Kristian Espiritu, Melanie Evans, Liam Fennecken, Kara Haller, Elysia Jordan, Jameson Moss, Sinclair Mitchell, Tim Shea and Hernando Umana. The kid's ensemble features Rayna Farr, Bella Fraker, Alex Louis, Tommy Ragen, Gabriella Uhl and Aiden Niklas Villa.
SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL opened on Broadway to rave reviews on Sunday, December 6, 2015. SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL 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 - THE MUSICAL also won the 2017 Oliver award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.
Based on the hit film, SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL is a hilarious new musical that 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 guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pintsized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school's beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.
SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL 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.
CHICAGO PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
Tuesdays at 7:30PM
Wednesdays at 2:00PM & 7:30PM
Thursdays at 7:30PM
Fridays at 7:30PM
Saturdays at 2:00PM & 8:00PM
Sundays at 2:00PM
*No matinee on Wed., Nov. 1
*Additional matinee on Thurs., Nov. 2 & evening performance on Sun., Nov. 5
Individual tickets for SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL at the Cadillac Palace Theatre range from $27-$98 with a select number of premium seats available. A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000 and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
ABOUT THE CAST:
Rob Colletti (Dewey). Broadway: The Book of Mormon. Selected Regional: 25th Annual Putnam... (New Theatre), The Original Grease (American Theater Company, 2011 Jeff Award - Best Musical), 100% Rocketships (Second City). Film: "Garlic and Gunpowder" opposite Vivica A. Fox, "WTF!: World Thumbwrestling Federation." Training: Columbia College, The Second City. For Ms. Brady, my first music teacher.
Lexie Dorsett SHARP (Rosalie). National/International Tours: Young Frankenstein (Elizabeth), Addams Family (u/s Morticia, u/s Alice,u/s Grandma), Elf (Emily). Thanks to ATB Talent, AM Studio, and my family and friends. Proud CCM grad. All my heart to Jesse for always helping me see what's possible. @lexiedorsettsharp www.LexieDSharp.com
Matt Bittner (Ned). Select Credits: The Tony-nominated Broadway play Present Laughter, Up Here (La Jolla), Much Ado (The Public), All Is Calm (Hudson Valley Shakes), As You Like It (Two River), The Pillowman (Thingamajig), Moonlight & Magnolias (Playhouse Tulsa). MFA, Rutgers. All gratitude to my family. For Ruth -- I love you. www.mattbittner.com
Emily Borromeo (Patty). Broadway: School of Rock. Television: Emmy-nominated host/writer "Sunny Side Up" (Sprout/NBC); "The Sing Off" season 4 (NBC), Jim Gaffigan Show; Sneaky Pete. Bay Area native and Brown University graduate. Thanks to the SoR family, Tara Rubin Casting, Henderson Hogan. Love to Ellis, Dad, Bri. For Mom. @emilyborromeo
Merritt David Janes (Dewey Alternate). Colchester VT, UMaine and Circle In The Square Graduate. Broadway: School Of Rock (Original Cast). NEW ALBUM: Waiting in the Wings. National Tours: Sweeney Todd (Sweeney), Beauty And The Beast (Lumiere), Wedding Singer (Robbie), Shrek (Farquaad), Catch Me If You Can (Hanratty), Phantom Of The Opera 25th. merrittdavidjanes.com. Instagram:mdjtanner. Twitter: @MDavidJanes.
Ava Briglia (Summer). Thrilled to rock out across the USA with SOR! Broadway: Matilda the Musical (Matilda) Regional: Gypsy (Baby June). Gratitude & LOVE: Ellyn Marsh, Julia Mendelsohn, Jeff Pew, Jared Loss, Donna Ranalli, BBDA, Media Theatre, Nancy Carson, Merri Sugarman - Tara Rubin Casting, Friends, Family, Mama, Daddio, Daniel & Beada! Instagram @ava.briglia
Olivia Bucknor (Shonelle, u/s Tomika). Thrilled to debut the role of Shonelle in the SOR tour. Featured in the Oscar-nominated cartoon "My Life as a Zucchini" as Beatrice. She played young Ranita in the biopic "Roxanne, Roxanne." Featured in Pharrell Williams' book "Happy". Thanks to her parents for their support, L'il Angels and Innovative Artists.
John Campione (Swing, u/s Ned). National Tour: The Bridges of Madison County (Michael). Les Misérables and Moonshine, Dallas Theater Center. Amateur OCR athlete. Thanks Dale, Hank, Merri, The Mine, Mandy, and whiskey. Johncampione.com | @campiowningit
Patrick Clanton (Gabe Brown, Mr. Hamilton, Jeff Sanderson, Ensemble). National Tour: Sister Act. Regional: NSMT, Flat Rock Playhouse, Casa Mañana, Walt Disney World. BFA in Music Theatre - Elon University. Dedicated to all the teachers in my life! Let's rock!
Christopher Deangelis (Dance Captain, Swing). Proud AEA Member. Broadway/National Tours: Beauty and the Beast, Jersey Boys, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Ragtime. Thanks to Jay, Roxy, Dad, Family, Avalon Artists, Merri and the SOR Family.
Kristian Espiritu (Ensemble, u/s Patty) is ready to rock! New York: Here Lies Love (The Public), NYMF, Lysistrata, Scorched. Head-banging frontwoman of Over The Pass. For Spencer and POC. Mabuhay! Instagram: @kriscendo.
Melanie Evans (Ensemble, u/s Rosalie). National tours: Motown and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: Ragtime, Aida, High School Musical. TV: "NBC Diversity Showcase", "Blue Bloods". Thanks to Tara Rubin Casting and Andreadis Talent Agency! instagram: melevansny
Rayna Farr (Swing, u/s Summer, Marcy, Katie, Shonelle). Honored to join the SOR National Tour! Tour: "Grinch", "A Christmas Carol". Thanks to Nancy Carson, Tara Rubin Casting, SOR Creative, Mom, Dad, Kaiya and family for their love and support!
Liam Fennecken (Bob, Mr. Sanford, Cop, Ensemble, u/s Dewey). Singer/songwriter and Proud Graduate: Penn State, BA Theatre. National Tour: Once (Svec). American Idiot (Ensemble, u/s Will). Peter Pan 360 (Smee/Nana). Thanks to family, friends, and the SOR Team! IG: @Lfennecken
Bella Fraker (Swing, u/s Summer, Marcy, Katie, Shonelle) is thrilled to rock out with the 1st School of Rock tour. From Atlanta, Ga. giving many thanks to God, family, Nancy, casting, Orbit Arts, Broadway Dreams, Bob and Debbie.
Chloe Anne Garcia (Marcy) is thrilled to make her debut in the National Tour of School of Rock. This has always been a dream of hers. Many thanks to Parkside, SOR team and Tammy. Much love to Mommy, Daddy, Grammy, Pop-pop, Bella & James for their unconditional support to achieve my dream. Instagram- Chloe.Anne. Garcia.
Kara Haller (Assistant Dance Captain, Swing, u/s Patty, Ms. Sheinkopf). National Tours: Beauty and the Beast. Regional: Ahmanson Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse. Proud Belmont grad. HUGE thanks to JoAnn, Eddie, my family, friends and my husband, Michael.
Gianna Harris (Tomika) is ecstatic to be joining the new class of rockers for the First National Tour! MEGA thanks to the creative team for this amazing opportunity and to Chris, Debra, Leslie, Natalie, Shana & Sheri. Much love to my family for the constant support! Rock on! Insta: @thegiannaharris
Carson Hodges (Mason, u/s Lawrence) is 9 years old and thrilled to make his Broadway debut on the School of Rock Tour. Gratitude and thanks to his entire family, Malko Dance Studios, Skips Music, Bach to Rock Music Academy, and his agent Nancy Carson for their love, support and mentoring.
Elysia Jordan (Mrs. Hathaway, Ensemble, u/s Rosalie, Ms. Sheinkopf). Regional: Billy Elliot (Ogunquit Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre). Concerts: 54 Below, Feinstein's At The Nikko, MGM Grand. BFA Ithaca College. You rock, Merri, Anne, Mom, Dad, Marcus! www.elysiajordan.com, @lysiejordan
Deidre Lang (Ms. Sheinkopf). Let's Rock!! Broadway: Ragtime, The Lion King, Tommy. National tours: The Lion King, Hairspray, Tommy, Cats. International tours: Ragtime (Vancouver), Smokey Joe's Café (Australia). Regional: The Lion King (Las Vegas), Rock of Ages (Las Vegas), Aida (ALLIANCE THEATRE). TV: Fly Girl on Fox's "In Living Color". Thanks to God, friends and family!!
Alex Louis (Swing, u/s Freddy, Mason, Billy). Multi-instrumentalist actor's Broadway tour debut! Regional: Winter's Tale (HVSF); drummer inspired by Grohl, Peart & Animal. Thanks mom, dad, GenerationTV, casting, Dave Tedeschi! IG/Twitter: @alexlouisrocks. IMDb/FB: Alex Louis.
Sinclair Mitchell (Snake, Mr. Mooneyham, Ensemble). Broadway: The Lion King. Off-Broadway: The Emperor Jones (Irish Rep), Harlem Song. Tours: The Producers, Best Little Whorehouse. CCM Grad. Olympic Torch bearer, '96 Games. Thanks to About Artists Agency. Love to Joey.
Theo Mitchell-Penner (Lawrence). Playing the piano since age 5, Theo is over the moon to be making his touring debut in SOR! Thanks to Nancy Carson, his teachers, and the Walnut. Love to his family and friends. Special thanks to Merri Sugarman, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the cast and creative team.
Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton (Freddy) is humbled by the opportunity to tour with SOR. This Native New Yorker comes from a musical family with roots in the Caribbean and Italy. He was honored as "Musician of the Year 2017" by the Boys Club of NYC. This multi-instrumentalist also plays piano, bass, xylophone and percussion. Insta: gilbertomorettihamilton
Jameson Moss (Stanley, Mr. Williams, Ensemble, u/s Dewey) is excited to be a part of School of Rock! He would like to thank his parents, siblings, the SOR productions team, Jackie Reid, Barry Kolker and his righteousness Mikey Reid.
John Michael Pitera (Billy, u/s Lawrence). Honored to play Billy in School or Rock. Recent credits include: Mary Poppins (Michael Banks), Paper Mill Playhouse. National tour of Newsies (Les). Thanks to Lisa Calli, Barry Kolker, Merri, Claire, Tara Rubin Casting, Justin Reamy, Amelia DeMayo, and Regina Innocente. Love to Mom, Dad, Julianna, Mimi and Mikie. @john_m_pitera
Tommy Ragen (James, u/s Zack). A San Diego surfer at heart, Tommy Recently released his first album of original songs "Tommy Ragen 9". Tommy's been playing guitar and writing music since age 6. Thanks SOR!
Phoenix Schuman (Zack). A dream come true for Phoenix to debut in the School of Rock national tour. He has had a passion for music, rock and theater his whole life and has been playing guitar since age 8. He was previously in the music video for "Million Miles" by TV on the Radio.
Theodora Silverman (Katie). "Theo" is thrilled to be playing her dream role of Katie in the National Tour of School of Rock! Recent credits: Once National Tour, ABC's "What Would You Do?" Thanks & love to Mom, Dad, Hazie, Lisa, Barry, Tara Rubin Casting, Ellyn, Jeff, Dan & Piper! @theosilverman
Tim Shea (Doug, Mr. Spencer, Ensemble, u/s Ned). Tour: Rock of Ages. Regional: White Christmas, Best Little Whorehouse..., EvitA. Phillips Exeter Academy and NYU. Thanks to TKO, Tara Rubin Casting and family for their love and support. www.timshea.me
Gabriella Uhl (Sophie, Tomika). From Cornwall, NY, and is excited and thankful for this national tour debut "in the band!" Thanks to my family, my voice coach Ilene Reid, and everyone who's supported this adventure.
Hernando Umana (Theo, u/s Ned). Pumped to join the band directly from the Broadway company of Kinky Boots as the "In This Corner" Angel. Love to family, chosen family, teachers and everyone at CTG. Follow @hernandoumana.
Aiden Niklas Villa (Swing, u/s Zack, Freddy, Billy, Mason). Jersey shore native and multi-instrumentalist, shredding the guitar since age 8. Member of 3 rock bands and 2 acoustic duos. Thrilled to make his acting debut! Insta: aidenvillamusic.
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