Published Dec 22, 2014Nickelodeon's TV spinoff of the 2003 film School of Rock is slated to premiere in early 2015, and now there's another adaptation of the same story also due to premiere next year. A Broadway music based on the movie is set to arrive in the fall.
This production has already got the go-ahead, and previews will begin on November 2 at New York City's Winter Garden Theatre, with the grand opening to follow on December 6.
Musical theatre legend Andrew Lloyd Webber is involved in the production, which will include songs from the film, plus brand new music by Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater. The creative team also includes Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and A-list producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance). It will be directed by Laurence Connor.
"It is a joy for me to return to my Jesus Christ Superstar roots," said Lloyd Webber [via the Hollywood Reporter]. "When Deep Purple's Ian Gillan was recording Jesus for Tim Rice and me at London's Olympic Studios, Led Zeppelin was recording next door and a glimpse of a Stone or two was routine! School of Rock is hugely about how music can empower kids."
Casting will begin in January. The show will be produced by Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, the Shubert Organization and the Nederlander Organization.