School of Rock

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, based on the much-loved film of the same name.

Photo: Castaway Theatre Group, 2021. Photograph by Len Copland
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Based on the Paramount movie by Mike White
Book by Julian Fellowes
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
New Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Rock got no reason, rock got no rhymeYou better get me to school on time! School of Rock is a two-hour, two-act musical (plus interval), based on the hit movie. The show 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. There, he turns a class of straight–A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?

The stage musical on Broadway and in the West End was produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who also composed 14 new songs for the show, which additionally features all of the original songs from the movie. The composer’s numbers “You’re in the Band” and “Stick it to the Man” are well on their way to becoming rock solid standards, while the finale with “Teacher’s Pet” will bring audiences to their feet, night after night.

School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. May the spirit of rock be with those who pledge allegiance to Lloyd Webber’s newest hit!


Size of orchestra: Backing Tracks Medium

Genre: Adaptation (Stage & Screen) Comedy Family

Vocal demands: Challenging Moderate

Dance Requirements: Minimal

Cast Size: Large

Casting Opportunities: Children Ensemble Cast Multicultural Casting Reduced Casting/Doubling Star Vehicle Female Star Vehicle Male

Performance groups

Amateur Society Performing Arts School Primary School Professional Secondary School Youth Group

Videos from the show

  • School of Rock UK celebrates 1000 shows!
  • “You’re in the Band” 360 degree video, featuring the original Broadway cast
  • You can't stop the School of Rock!
  • The 70th Annual Tony Awards Performance
  • The original West End cast on The X Factor
  • Trailer for West Potomac High School’s 2016 production
  • Trailer for Severna Park Stage Company’s 2016 production
  • Tahlia Ellie sings “Time to Play” at the Union County Performing Arts Center in 2016
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