School of Rock is an explosive high energy production with a multi-talented cast; a real family fun show. Based on the 2003 film starring Jack Black, this stage adaptation features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater with the book by Julian Fellowes.
However, the show really gets going when the child performers first get to show off during ‘You’re in the Band’. This is the moment the performance comes to life. The New London Theatre creates an inclusive and concert-y feel which really adds to the structure of the show. During the performance numbers you could be watching a rock concert!
David Fynn playing Dewey Finn gives a high energy performance while still emulating Jack Black’s original outrageous character. The real standouts though are the children playing their instruments live on stage – it’s certainly impressive! Meanwhile Oliver Jackson adds another comedic layer to the piece as Dewey’s friend and flatmate/landlord, Ned Shneebly, whilst Florence Andrews’ emotional performance as Miss Mullins, during her song ‘Where Did the Rock Go?’, adds a reflective tone during an otherwise exuberant and upbeat musical.
School of Rock will have you tapping your feet to the original songs from the film as well as the new. Prepare to leave the theatre with a smile on your face and a skip in your step as the well loved film is brought to life in front of your eyes.