School of Rock musical is currently smashing Broadway Box Office records as a nationwide search is about to start in the UK for highly talented children required for the musical’s West End debut at the London Palladium in the spring of 2017.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “I had forgotten what it was to have this kind of hit. It is particularly great as we have no star names and we are witnessing personal triumphs for our brilliant kids and for Alex Brightman as Dewey, the role made famous by Jack Black. Now our team will begin searching across the UK for talented children to star in the West End transfer.”
While the Broadway production has roles for 13 child actors giving eight
performances a week, UK performance regulations will require the show
to carry at least three separate casts, providing opportunities for more
than 39 talented children in total. Aside from singing, dancing and
acting, a recorded announcement from Andrew Lloyd Webber before every performance guarantees that all of the actors, children and adults, are playing their own instruments.The search for the UK cast will begin in the New Year.
The musical is an adaptation of the 2003 hit film comedy which starred Jack Black as the failed rock star, Dewey Finn, who becomes a teacher and forms a band with his pupils. Lloyd Webber has composed an original score for his stage adaptation, with lyrics written by Glenn Slater, and a book written by Julian Fellowes.
We will publish details of the auditions as soon as they are available.