So, here's where I admit that I never saw the movie, School of Rock, with Jack Black, or the current series on Nickelodeon under the same name, despite being very familiar with its entertaining story line. Not to worry. I'm pretty sure I got the best part of the deal last weekend when I was a member of the audience at Andrew Lloyd Weber's adaptation on Broadway. School of Rock - The Musical is SO much fun!
For the very few not familiar with this story, it follows Dewey Finn, a broke, down on his luck rocker who's in need of a few extra bucks so that he can enter his town's Battle of the Bands contest. He poses as a substitute teacher at an elite private school to make some extra money, and in the meantime, takes a class of no nonsense kids and turns them into rock stars. Naturally, hijinks (and cool tunes!) ensue.
With tickets as low as $59 (and orchestra seats at $89), School of Rock - The Musical is an engaging night for the whole family, especially if you have any mini musicians in your home. While everyone in the cast is excellent (and the songs range from full on rock-n-roll tunes to ballads), this show is all about the kids. At least 4 were playing live instruments on stage throughout the show, and ALL of them sang and danced their hearts out -- truly amazing! I'm pretty sure this is just the beginning for many of these incredibly talented little performers. The future of Broadway is alive and well at School of Rock - The Musical.
Keep in mind when booking tickets that the show is 2 1/2 hours long (with one intermission) and is recommended for ages 8+ (children under 4 are not permitted in the theater, which I imagine is because of the volume). Rock-n-roll, friends.
Worth checking out!
Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary tickets in exchange for an honest review of School of Rock - The Musical. All opinions are my own.