Complete casting has been announced for the national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock musical, which will launch September 30 in Rochester, New York, at RBTL's Auditorium Theatre.
The cast will be led by Rob Colletti (The Book of Mormon) as Dewey, with Lexie Dorsett Sharp as Rosalie, Matt Bittner as Ned, Emily Borromeo as Patty, Deidre Lang as Ms. Sheinkopf, Olivia Bucknor as Shonelle, Theodora Silverman as Katie, Chloe Anne Garcia as Marcy, Carson Hodges as Mason, Gianna Harris as Tomika, Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton as Freddy, Phoenix Schuman as Zack, John Michael Pitera as Billy, Theo Mitchell-Penner as Lawrence, and Ava Briglia as Summer.
Merritt David Janes will play Dewey at select performances.
The adult ensemble features John Campione, Patrick Clanton, Christopher DeAngelis, Kristian Espiritu, Melanie Evans, Liam Fennecken, Kara Haller, Elysia Jordan, Jameson Moss, Sinclair Mitchell, Tim Shea, and Hernando Umana. The kids ensemble features Rayna Farr, Bella Fraker, Alex Louis, Tommy Ragen, Gabriella Uhl, and Aiden Niklas Villa.
The New York production celebrated its one-year anniversary on Broadway in December 2016 and continues performances at the Winter Garden Theatre.
School of Rock is based on the hit 2003 film of the same name and features music from the movie, as well as an original score by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes, and direction by Laurence Connor.
The Broadway production was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lloyd Webber and Slater), Best Book (Fellowes), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman). School of Rock also won the 2017 Oliver for Outstanding Achievement in Music.
School of Rock 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 mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school's uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.
The production also features choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter, and music supervision by John Rigby.