There is always that one movie we watch as kids that you feel so connected to you watch it over and over and over again until you know ever nuance and word from the script. For me, that was School of Rock.
I mean, even to this day I can pledge my allegiance to the band of Mr. Schneebly and do the epic handshake between Mr. S (Dewey Finn) and the piano man (Lawrence)…I’ve even watched the film with the commentary on – multiple times.
Yeah, I was that obsessed.
So when I first heard that there would be a musical heading to Broadway I thought it made complete and perfect sense. The catchy tunes, the great story, the performances…everything they need is already there for them in the film and can only be intensified on the stage.
Well now as opening night approaches – in six months – we finally have casting news. The man in charge, the man who puts rock and roll into the kid’s hearts, Dewey Finn (originally, and quite brilliantly, played by Jack Black), has been cast.
Alex Brightman, who has been seen on stage on Broadway in the likes of Wicked, Matilda, and Big Fish, has been cast to play the beloved substitute(ish) teacher.
In a statement from the musical legend Andrew Lloyd Webber (who is writing the score), he said, “I’ve come to consider the casting of an actor named ‘Brightman’ in a starring role something of a good luck charm for a long, healthy run on Broadway. Alex, lucky for us, also happens to be a remarkable Dewey Finn. The wonderful thing about seeing him play this role is that you get the sense that he’s having every bit as much fun performing as we are watching, and the result is positively infectious.”
I’m almost positive I’m going to have to make a trip down to New York City to catch this show on Broadway; it would be super rude to miss it considering the impact it had on my childhood.
School of Rock will begin its run on Broadway on December 6 with previews starting on November 9 at the Winter Garden Theatre.
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