Running since November 2015 A down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star poses as a substitute teacher in this new musical version of the 2003 film, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
From the producers: This irresistibly fun show follows Dewey, a down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Completely disinterested in reading, writing and arithmetic, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mic-dropping rock band.
Produced by Paramount Pictures, the 2003 film was directed by Richard Linklater and starred Jack Black in a career-defining performance. The film received universal critical acclaim and went on to gross more than $130 million worldwide.
The production features music from the movie as well as new music written by Tony, Oscar, and Grammy-winner Andrew Lloyd Webber ("The Phantom of the Opera, "Evita," "Jesus Christ Superstar") and lyricist Glenn Slater. Alex Brightman, seen on Broadway in "Wicked," "Matilda" and "Big Fish" stars as Dewey.
For its first half it charmingly walks the line between the cute and the precious, the sentimental and the saccharine. In the more lazily formulaic second act, you can taste glucose in the air. But mostly, "Rock" is surprisingly easy to swallow, in large part because everyone involved seems to be having such a fine time.
Crowd-pleasing, upbeat...with a wondrously rebellious spirit and a superb cast. A heartwarming story and a stage full of pre-pubescent kids who know their way around an amp prove irresistible...a crisp, snappy show that neither gets bogged down in irrelevant secondary stories or in easy manipulation.
June 19, 2016
The writing wasn't strong, but the kids were fun.
December 24, 2015
Great seats and wonderful performance. I brought three grandchildren from 13 to 16 years old. They loved it and said it was the best show they'd ever seen! Super energy and family friendly.