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Gary Trainor to lead cast as Dewey Finn in School of Rock - The Musical
Lloyd Webber's musical announces new Dewey Finn
Updated casting has been announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Olivier award-winning production of School of Rock - The Musical as it has announced that Gary Trainor will take over the role of Dewey Finn with Stephen Leask joining the cast as the alternate Dewey from 17 May 2017 at the New London Theatre.
They join the full cast which also includes Florence Andrews as Rosalie Mullins, Oliver Jackson as Ned Schneebly and Preeya Kalidas as Patty Di Marco, Jonathan Bourne, Nadeem Crowe, Michelle Francis, Rosanna Hyland, Cassandra McCowan, Joel Montague, Andy Rees, Cameron Sharp, Andrew Spillett, Alex Tomkins and Lucy Vandi and swings, Charlotte Bradford, Jason Denton, Cellen Chugg Jones, Alfie Parker and Tasha Sheridan. They are joined by three teams of thirteen ‘kid’s who make up Dewey’s band.
Trainor has previously played the role of alternative Dewey Finn, performing multiple times per week. His previous credits include Donnie Kirshner in the West End production of Beautiful The Carole King Musical, I Can’t Sing at the London Palladium, Potted Potter at the Garrick Theatre and on tour in the US and Australia and The Shawshank Redemption at Wyndham’s Theatre.
School of Rock - The Musical is now booking in the West End to 14 January 2018. The West End production officially opened on Tuesday 15 November 2016 to strong reviews: "This is a show that is above all a lot of fun. I watched it beaming throughout" (LondonTheatre.co.uk); "This is Lloyd Webber’s most exuberant show in years" (The Guardian); "The most enjoyable few hours money can buy" (Telegraph); "a performance of explosive energy" (Independent).
Stephen Leask’s previous theatre credits include Robin Hood at The Egg Theatre, Bath, The Canterbury Tales at The Pantaloons, One Man, Two Guvnors at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and A Little Hotel on the Side for Theatre Royal Bath.
School of Rock features music from the film, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes. Directed by Laurence Connor with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter it features set and costume designs by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter, music supervision by John Rigby with Matt Smith as musical director.
School of Rock tickets are now on sale to 14 January 2018.