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BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK is Rocking the Eccles Theater Photo BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK is Rocking the Eccles Theater
by Tyler Hinton - May 29, 2019

The national tour of SCHOOL OF ROCK, featuring a remarkable cast of child rock stars, is funny, hopeful, and a head-banging good time.

Portland's Keller Auditorium Presents SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL Photo Portland's Keller Auditorium Presents SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL
by Sarah Hookey - Apr 23, 2019

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber's high-octane Broadway and West End hit School of Rock - The Musical is coming to Portland's Keller Auditorium from May 21 - 26.

BWW Interview: Layne Roate of SCHOOL OF ROCK at Orpheum Theatre Photo BWW Interview: Layne Roate of SCHOOL OF ROCK at Orpheum Theatre
by Christine Swerczek - Apr 19, 2019

SCHOOL OF ROCK is heading to the Orpheum on April 23-28. Here to talk about the musical and his personal road to touring with a hit show is Layne Roate, who plays the roommate Ned Schneebly.

SCHOOL OF ROCK Comes To The Paramount, May 14 Photo SCHOOL OF ROCK Comes To The Paramount, May 14
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2019

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber's high-octane Broadway and West End hit School of Rock - The Musical is coming to Seattle's Paramount Theatre from May 14 - 19.

BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at Times Union Performing Arts Center Photo BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK at Times Union Performing Arts Center
by Jordan Higginbotham - Apr 18, 2019

Class is in session at the School of Rock and they're teaching Jacksonville all about rock-n-roll! The musical featuring music from Tony Award winner Andrew Lloyd Webber, is based on the 2003 movie School of Rock. The musical follows a man, Dewey Finn (Merritt David Janes), as he impersonates his best friend Ned Schneebly as a substitute teacher at Horace Green. When Dewey realizes he is in way over his head, he hears his students playing classical music. He decides he will teach them about rock-n-roll, and they will compete in 'The Battle of the Bands.' The musical displays amazing music, a great story, and life lessons for everyone to take away.

BWW Interview: Layne Roate of SCHOOL OF ROCK at Times Union Performing Arts Center Photo BWW Interview: Layne Roate of SCHOOL OF ROCK at Times Union Performing Arts Center
by Jordan Higginbotham - Apr 8, 2019

School of Rock is heading to Jacksonville! The musical, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, will begin on April 16. I had the opportunity to speak with Layne Roate who performs as Ned, the geeky roommate. He is very excited to be in Florida and sharing the musical with audiences in the Sunshine State!

SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL Coming to San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts Photo SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL Coming to San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts
by Sarah Hookey - Apr 3, 2019

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber's high-octane Broadway and West End hit School of Rock - The Musical is coming to San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts (255 S. Almaden Blvd.) from Tuesday, June 4 through Sunday, June 9, 2019. 

BWW Review: Enjoyable SCHOOL OF ROCK at the Connor Palace Photo BWW Review: Enjoyable SCHOOL OF ROCK at the Connor Palace
by Roy Berko - Mar 8, 2019

What happens when a musical film earns over $131-million on a $35-million-dollar investment? If you are Andrew Lloyd Webber, you buy the rights and turn it into School of Rock The Musicalwith lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Julian Fellowes.

BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL: From Brainiacs to Musical Maniacs Photo BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL: From Brainiacs to Musical Maniacs
by Nancy Grossman - Feb 15, 2019

SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL is bursting with kids, all of them bursting with talent. Based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Black, the stage version is the brainchild of Andrew Lloyd Webber, a guy who knows a thing or two about creating successful musicals. Nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, the show ran for more than three years on Broadway, a little over a year in London, and the national tour has been on the road since September, 2017. It's a feel good musical with a happy ending, something to lighten up the winter doldrums.

BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL Brings a Rocking Time To  Broadway Grand Rapid Photo BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL Brings a Rocking Time To Broadway Grand Rapids, With It's Impressive Young Musicians!
by Brian Hilbrand - Jan 10, 2019

School of Rock - The Musical is based on the movie by the same name originally staring Jack Black is currently playing at DeVos Performance Hall until January 13thin Grand Rapids. Andrew Lloyd Webber added some songs and made it a musical. One part that people find hard to believe is that the kids in the show must be able to play the instruments live. The kids can sing and dance, but it is taken to another level when they are playing instruments better than most adults can perform live on stage, show after show, some of them learning their instruments in only a few years or specifically for their audition for this show!

Final Chance to Vote for the BWW Columbus Awards! Photo Final Chance to Vote for the BWW Columbus Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 24, 2018

It's the last week to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.

Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2018 BWW Columbus Awards! Photo Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2018 BWW Columbus Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 17, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.

Three Weeks Left To Vote For the BWW Columbus Awards! Photo Three Weeks Left To Vote For the BWW Columbus Awards!
by BWW Staff - Dec 10, 2018

There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.

BWW Review: Kids Bring the Rock in SCHOOL OF ROCK at Mirvish Photo BWW Review: Kids Bring the Rock in SCHOOL OF ROCK at Mirvish
by Taylor Long - Dec 8, 2018

Before the show even begins, the voice of Andrew Lloyd Webber informs us all that the kids in SCHOOL OF ROCK play their instruments live. This becomes overwhelmingly impressive as the show progresses. SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and book by Julian Fellows is an adaption of the successful Paramount movie starring Jack Black. In this musical interpretation, the kids take centre stage as the stars of the show.

Casting Announced For SCHOOL OF ROCK D.C. Premiere Photo Casting Announced For SCHOOL OF ROCK D.C. Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2018

Casting has been announced for the Washington, D.C.  premiere of Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber's high-octane Broadway and West End hit School of Rock - The Musical, coming to the National Theatre for a limited engagement from January 16 - 27, 2019.

Vote For The 2018 BWW Columbus Awards; 42ND STREET Leads Best Musical! Photo Vote For The 2018 BWW Columbus Awards; 42ND STREET Leads Best Musical!
by BWW Staff - Dec 3, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.

Vote For The 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Award; Weathervane Playhouse Leads Theatre o Photo Vote For The 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Award; Weathervane Playhouse Leads Theatre of the Year!
by BWW Staff - Nov 26, 2018

There's just one month left to vote for the 2018 BroadwayWorld Columbus Awards, brought to you by BroadwayHD! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers are already setting records as they vote for their favorites. Regional productions, touring shows, and more are all included in the awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Our local editors set the categories, our readers submitted their nominees, and now you get to vote for your favorites! Voting will continue through December 31st, 2018.

BWW Review: Continued Education at Overture Center with SCHOOL OF ROCK Photo BWW Review: Continued Education at Overture Center with SCHOOL OF ROCK
by Scott Rawson - Nov 22, 2018

Complete with lights and haze machine, Andrew Lloyd Weber's School of Rock, opens with the fictitious Band, No Vacancy, singing "I'm Too Hot for You". As the super cool rockers do their thing, rock-god-wanna-be Dewey Finn (Merrit David James), super un-cool by comparison, does his. This results in him being forced out of the band.

BWW Interview: Leanne Parks of SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL at Overture Center Photo BWW Interview: Leanne Parks of SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL at Overture Center
by Angie Stanton - Nov 16, 2018

Rocking the roofs off theatres across the country are a group of mega talented kids who have traded their time in the schoolroom to an adventure touring the country. Leanne Parks plays Katie, the classically trained cellist turned bass guitar genius.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's SCHOOL OF ROCK to Jam in Madison Photo Andrew Lloyd Webber's SCHOOL OF ROCK to Jam in Madison
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2018

Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber's high-octane Broadway and West End hit SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL coming to Madison's Overture Center for the Arts Tuesday, Nov. 20 - Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.

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