A back-to-school rockathon

Toronto Life - - Culture -

Theatre | School of Rock | Nov. 28 to Jan. 6, Ed Mirvish Theatre

A decade af­ter the re­lease of Jack Black’s prep-school rock opera, com­poser An­drew Lloyd Web­ber ac­quired stage rights to the movie to give it the full-on mu­si­cal-theatre treat­ment. He teamed up with Down­ton Abbey cre­ator Ju­lian Fel­lowes to re­write the script and craft a new score. The show pre­miered on Broad­way in 2015 be­fore trans­fer­ring to Lon­don. Web­ber’s ver­sion, fea­tur­ing a cast of su­per-tal­ented kids all un­der the age of 14, fleshes out the plot to zoom in on the per­sonal sto­ries of the chil­dren as they go amp-to-amp in a live Bat­tle of the Bands, with a mix of orig­i­nal-film favourite songs and fresh tunes to sing along to.

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