Here’s everything you need to know about last night’s West End premiere of School of Rock: The Musical in a nutshell: Andrew Lloyd Webber has a monster hit on his hands; the show is both a return to hit factory form for the Lord and also not at all what you’d expect from a Lord; David Fynn as Dewey Finn (that’s still tough to keep straight) is very good and the kids (who they all play their own instruments) are absolutely phenomenal (and they all play their own instruments); the show is either the perfect tonic to Trumpism gloom or Trump in white male privilege musical form; speaking of Trump, Lloyd Webber kept him away from the show on Broadway and may be working on a musical about him; and Myleene Klass wore a very revealing dress to the premiere.
School of Rock is based on the 2003 film starring Jack Black as Dewey Finn, a slacker, wannabe rock star and substitute teacher who turns a fifth grade class of straight-A students into an all-conquering rock band. In addition to music from the film, the stage musical features new music written by Llody Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes (he’s everywhere at the moment – next up in the West End this week, Half a Sixpence, and next year, The Wind in the Willows).
The adult cast for School of Rock also features Florence Andrews, Oliver Jackson and Preeya Kalidas. They’re joined by three teams of 13 young performers who were found via nationwide search – and did I mention that they play their own instruments?
Here’s a round-up of some of the show’s overnight reviews, plus those Donald Trump-focused interviews with Lloyd Webber and Mylene Klass’s spotlight-stealing wardrobe malfunction. I’m seeing School of Rock on Wednesday and can’t wait. Have you got your tickets yet?