New casting announced for School of Rock in the West End
Hear’Say singer Noel Sullivan will take on the lead role of Dewey Finn in the West End production of School of Rock, as new casting for the show has been announced.
Sullivan will take over from Craig Gallivan on 19th August. While his career began as a member of the band which had hits with songs like “Pure and Simple” and “The Way To Your Love”, he has appeared on stage in UK tours of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and It’s Only Life at the Union Theatre last year.
Mark Anderson (The Toxic Avenger) will take over the role of Ned Schneebly on 8th October, as Laura Tebbutt and Rebecca LaChance continue in their roles as Rosalie Mullins and Patty Di Marco respectively. Jake Sharp will play Dewey Finn at some performances.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical is an adaptation of the 2003 film starring Jack Black, in which an unemployed wannabe rockstar poses as a substitute teacher to earn some money and transforms a prep school class into a bona fide rock band.
The musical, which has lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes, opened on Broadway in 2015 before transferring to the West End at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (formerly the New London Theatre) the following year.
School of Rock tickets are available now.
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