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Theatre REVIEW: School of Rock: The Musical - ★★★★★

Andrew Lloyd Webber's acclaimed musical adaptation of the Jack Black star vehicle, wherein a substitute music teacher at an elite school transforms his pupils into a rock'n'roll band.

School of Rock is the global hit musical based on the iconic movie starring Jack Black. Wannabe rock star Dewey Finn is cast out by his dive‐bar bandmates and finds himself in desperate need of cash. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite prep school, he exposes his students to the rock gods he idolises, transforming them into a mind‐blowing rock band.

While teaching these pint‐sized prodigies what it means to truly rock out, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, Miss Mullins, helping her rediscover the wild child within. But, will they all find redemption at the battle of the bands?

Featuring 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and a band of insanely talented kids that play live every show, School of Rock will warm your heart and blow you away in equal measure.



The Edinburgh Playhouse


Until Saturday 29th January - part of the UK Tour



Tuesday 25th January: Daniel, Adam & Stewart

Daniel (Age 11) - ★★★★★

'The School of Rock musical was really good.

It was funny, had great music and a great storyline.The songs were really catchy.

I also thought it was really funny with some scenes that had everyone laughing out loud.

I liked the sets, I thought they looked extremely good, detailed and realistic. I thought all of the actors were amazing and really funny. The ending scene was amazing with everyone on stage coming together for the concert.

All and all this musical was funny with amazing music and a great storyline.'

Adam (Age 11) - ★★★★★

'My favourite character is Dewey Finn (Jake Sharp) because he is very funny but he might be a new Jack Black. The best part is when the school of rock perform queen of the night and everyone loves it including the head teacher. The other best part is when the head teacher comes in and Dewey sings the math song and it is so funny. The thing I did not like is when the students go back to their house and their parents don't listen to them.

That is all this was a great thing to see. I would highly recommend it.'

Stewart - ★★★★★

'The best show to get theatres up and running again in Edinburgh! The ultimate feel-good rocking show! The classic film is now almost 20 years old but is still awesome and this instantly likeable musical take breathes new life into the story of the 'pretend' substitute teacher who takes a group of children through to a Battle of the Bands concert.

Jake Sharp definitely has the hardest gig taking over the lead iconic role created by Jack Black - but he's outstanding and is a lot of fun in the role. In particular whenever he's rocking out with the kids on stage.

And that young cast! Absolutely outstanding! Even the youngsters on stage are playing their own instruments throughout - what a talented group they are! Everyone will have their own favourite character but I have to give a special shout out to Wilf Cooper's Billy - who is just fabulous as the band's sassy stylist.

Kudos to Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) for developing the story to also include a diverse and modern take on family life at home. Meanwhile when the songs are by Andrew Lloyd Webber you know they will be stuck in your head - because they are all excellent!

The show ends like a real rock concert and myself and the two boys reviewing were rocking out to one of the best shows you'll see this year! Don't miss it!"

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