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Broadway's School of Rock Will Play London

On the heels of its Broadway opening night, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber announces a premiere at the London Palladium.

The new Broadway musical School of Rock will play London's West End.
The new Broadway musical School of Rock will play London's West End.
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The new Broadway musical School of Rock, which opened last night at the Winter Garden Theatre, is headed to the West End's London Palladium.

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber released the news today. "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 U.S. staging the world premiere and now that we have opened on Broadway, I am delighted to be focusing on the next chapter in the show's journey."

Based on the hit 2003 film, 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.

Directed by Laurence Connor, the musical features a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater and a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. The creative team also features choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter, comedy direction by Cal McCrystal, and music supervision by Ethan Popp.

Alex Brightman leads the cast as Dewey Finn, alongside Sierra Boggess as Principal Rosalie Mullins. The supporting cast includes Spencer Moses as Ned, Mamie Parris as Patty, Evie Dolan as Katie, Carly Gendell as Marcy, Ethan Khusidman as Mason, Bobbi MacKenzie as Tomika, Dante Melucci as Freddy, Brandon Niederauer as Zack, Luca Padovan as Billy, Jared Parker as Lawrence, and Isabella Russo as Summer.

Dates for the West End run are to be confirmed in 2016 with ticketing information to come.

For more information and tickets to School of Rock on Broadway, click here.

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