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It has been announced that Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical School of Rock will transfer to the West End, opening at the London Palladium in Autumn 2016, following its successful opening on Broadway.
The producer and composer announced the news after last night's Broadway opening:
"I am thrilled to announce that we are confirming a West End production of School of Rock – The Musical. We have had such a great time in the US staging the world premiere and now that we have opened on Broadway, I am delighted to be focussing on the next chapter in the show’s journey."
School of Rock is based on the 2003 film of the same title and features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes. The production 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, music supervision by Ethan Popp and hair design by Josh Marquette.
The Broadway production is currently running at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York, where it began previews on 9 November, and officially opened on 6 December 2015. The show received strong reviews from critics, with many praising the screen-to-stage adaptation, and rock-infused score by Lloyd Webber.
"In School of Rock - The Musical, down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands."
School of Rock is produced on Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization.