School of Rock Welcomes New Principal Cast to Broadway
Eric Petersen and Steven Booth head the cast of the musical at the Winter Garden Theatre.
Joining the company were Eric Petersen as Dewey Finn, Steven Booth as Ned, Rachel Katzke (Katie), Walden Sullivan (Lawrence), Olivia Chun (Summer), Annabelle Wachtel (Marcy), Terrence Bell Jr. (Mason), and Ellie Kim (swing).
The company also includes Will Blum as the Dewey alternate, Jenn Gambatese as Rosalie Mullins, Becky Gulsvig as Patty, Bobbi MacKenzie as Tomika, Luca Padovan as Billy, Brandon Niederauer as Zack the guitarist, and Raghav Mehrotra as Freddy on drums. The adult ensemble includes Emily Cramer, Natalie Charle Ellis, John Arthur Greene, Merritt David Janes, Nehal Joshi, Lulu Lloyd, Jaygee Macapugay, Cassie Okenka, Patrick O'Neill, Morgan Rose, Jesse Swimm, Josh Tower, Joel Waggoner, and J. Michael Zygo. The kids ensemble features Paul Luke Bonenfant, Ava Della Pietra, Gabby Gutierrez, Gianna Harris, Jason Kisare, and Jersey Sullivan.
Nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, School of Rock tells the story of a down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star named Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school and enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer Battle of the Bands. The film was directed by Richard Linklater and written by Mike White.
Directed by Laurence Connor, the musical features a Tony-nominated score by Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater and a Tony-nominated book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. The production boasts choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, and sound design by Mick Potter. The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, the Shubert Organization, and the Nederlander Organization serve as producers, with Nina Lannan as executive producer.