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Photos: Broadway’s SCHOOL OF ROCK opens Dec. 6; Original Cast Recording Now Available

Alex Brightman and the adult ensemble of School of Rock - The Musical. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Alex Brightman and the adult ensemble of School of Rock – The Musical. Photo by Matthew Murphy

School of Rock – THE MUSICAL has been in session since beginning previews at the Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway) on November 9th and will open on December 6th. Tickets for School of Rock – The Musical are on sale via Telecharge.com or by calling 800-447-7400.

Alex Brightman and the kids of School of Rock - The Musical. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Alex Brightman and the kids of School of Rock – The Musical. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Based on the smash hit 2003 film, SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL follows Dewey Finn, a failed wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Completely disinterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.

Alex Brightman and the kids of School of Rock - The Musical. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Alex Brightman and the kids of School of Rock – The Musical. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

School of Rock – THE MUSICAL features music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Julian Fellowes and direction by Laurence Connor.

Alex Brightman and Sierra Boggess. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Alex Brightman and Sierra Boggess. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The cast stars Alex Brightman as “Dewey Finn” and Sierra Boggess as “Rosalie Mullins,” 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.” The adult ensemble includes Natalie Charle Ellis, Emily Cramer, Alan H. Green, Michael Hartney, John Hemphill, Merritt David Janes, Lulu Lloyd, Jaygee Macapugay, Cassie Okenka, Patrick O’Neill, Tally Sessions, Jesse Swimm, Jonathan Wagner, and Jeremy Woodard. The children’s ensemble includes Taylor Caldwell, Ava Della Pietra, Jeffrey Samuel Kishinevskiy, Sofia Roma Rubino, Jersey Sullivan, Hayden Wall, Corinne Wilson, and Shahadi Wright-Joseph.

Alex Brightman and the kids of School of Rock - The Musical. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Alex Brightman and the kids of School of Rock – The Musical. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

School of Rock 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 and the kids of School of Rock - The Musical. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Alex Brightman and the kids of School of Rock – The Musical. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Produced by Paramount Pictures, the 2003 film was directed by Richard Linklater and starred Jack Black in a career-defining performance. The film received universal critical acclaim and was hailed by The New York Times as an “irresistible comic postscript to the rock revolution.” The film went on to gross more than $130 million worldwide.

Evie Dolan and Alex Brightman. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Evie Dolan and Alex Brightman. Photo by Matthew Murphy

School of Rock – The Musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Completely disinterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.

Alex Brightman, Dante Melucci, and Evie Dolan. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Alex Brightman, Dante Melucci, and Evie Dolan. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for School of Rock – The Musical has been released, featuring a new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, along with three songs from the immensely popular 2003 film. Three-time Grammy Award-winner Rob Cavallo, who has worked with Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Goo Goo Dolls, Phil Collins, andGary Clark Jr., produced the album along with Lloyd Webber. Click here to purchase the CD.

The Children's Ensemble of School of Rock - The Musical. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Children’s Ensemble of School of Rock – The Musical. Photo by Matthew Murphy

School of Rock-The Musical 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. Nina Lannan and Madeleine Lloyd Webber serve as Executive Producers.

Sierra Boggess and the kids ensemble of School of Rock - The Musical

Sierra Boggess and the kids ensemble of School of Rock – The Musical. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Evie Dolan, Alex Brightman, and Brandon Niederauer. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Evie Dolan, Alex Brightman, and Brandon Niederauer. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Jaygee Macapugay set for Broadway Debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK-THE MUSICAL

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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