School of Rock – more box office records fall

7. centre David Fynn (Dewey Finn) & the kids from School of Rock

David Fynn and company in School of Rock the Musical at the New London Theatre. Picture: Tristram Kenton

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock the Musical has reached new milestones on both sides of the Atlantic.

In the West End the production has broken the box office record previously held by War Horse at the 1,000-seat New London Theatre, while over on Broadway the show has smashed its own record at the Winter Garden Theatre.

The show, which this time last year set a new house record at the Winter Garden when it took more than $1.5 million at the box office over the festive period, is also expected to break its own records again in the US and UK later this week.

On hearing the news, Lloyd Webber tweeted: “Congrats to the School of Rock teams for smashing box office records on both sides of the Atlantic. Keep sticking it to the man!”

A hit with the US critics, the show was the first new musical from a British composer and producer to make its debut on Broadway. The West End production featuring TV comedy star David Fynn as Dewey Finn, the wannabe rocker turned teacher originally played by Jack Black in the show, was similarly well-received when it opened in London in November.

Initially booking until 12 February 2017, the show – based on the hit 2003 film – features music from the film as well as new numbers written by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater with a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

School of Rock the Musical is directed by Laurence Connor with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, set and costume designs by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter and music supervision by John Rigby with Matt Smith as musical director.

The world premiere Broadway production opened in November 2015 and is currently booking until 5 February 2017. A national company will launch a US tour in the autumn of next year.

Angela Thomas

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School of Rock the Musical – New London Theatre, London– Review

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