School of Rock ready to rock New Zealand
‘School’s in…forever!’ -Time Out NY
Tune your air guitar and raise your rock salute!
The smash-hit rock musical School of Rock is coming to New Zealand.
School of Rock opens at The Civic, Auckland this September for a strictly limited season.
School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star forced to earn some extra cash by posing as a teacher at a prestigious prep school. But Dewey isn’t going to teach his straight-laced students algebra or arithmetic. Oh no, these kids are going to learn what it takes to become the most awesome rock ‘n’ roll band of all time!
Now he just needs to get his students to the Battle of the Bands, dodging strict teachers and pushy parents on the way to teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock.
With a new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by three-time Tony Award nominee Glenn Slater, book by Downton Abbey‘s Academy Award-winning Julian Fellowes, School of Rock features an award-winning cast of 19 adults as well an incredible kids ensemble rocking out live.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and executive producer Madeleine Lloyd Webber are excited to be bringing the show to New Zealand, and describe the musical’s creation.
“As a family we sat down to watch the movie of School Of Rock and were immediately struck by how much it resonated with us all. We loved it for its sense of outrageous fun and the story that proves music can really change your life, whatever your age.
“We therefore realised we had the opportunity to share this with the world in the most exciting way of all – as a great new musical.”
Based on the hit movie, School of Rock – The Musical made its world premiere in December 2015 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre, smashing box office records, garnering rave reviews, and earning four Tony Award nominations. The West End production opened in November 2016 at the New London Theatre, winning both the 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music and the 2017 WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Musical. An extensive US national tour was launched in September 2017. It’s been blowing minds in Melbourne this summer and is about to be unleashed on Shanghai.
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.
‘The most enjoyable few hours money can buy’
The Daily Telegraph
‘A triumph for Andrew Lloyd Webber as the king of hit musicals’
On announcing the New Zealand premiere, the show’s producers GWB Entertainment said, "GWB is thrilled to be working with Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group to bring one of the greatest new, feel-good musicals that has been taking the West End and Broadway by storm to New Zealand. Get ready to rock in September!”
‘You won’t leave without a smile on your face and your kids will love you forever’
‘This is a triumph and guaranteed to uplift in almost every way’
‘A big-hearted show. Loud and cheeky, a feel-good experience with a hint of anarchic wildness’
School of Rock will ‘stick it to the man’ and blow the roof off The Civic this September.