"This is an exciting reversal for me, as I'm used to premiering shows in London before they make their way to New York," said said Andrew Lloyd Webber in a statement. "I am also delighted that audiences across America will be able to see our show so soon. And I am thrilled that 150 schools, and counting, will be performing amateur versions of School of Rock, beginning in March with the Oakland School of the Arts."
First Look at Alex Brightman, Sierra Boggess and The Cast of School of Rock
As previously reported, in a rare move, Lloyd Webber and R&H Theatricals will grant School of Rock rights to youth productions, and applications will be accepted immediately (performance and perusal materials will be sent in January 2016).
The Beatles played the London Palladium in 1963, and the Rolling Stones headlined in 1965. The U.S. tour will play coast-to-coast engagements across America.
Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock features music by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes and direction by Laurence Connor. Alex Brightman stars. Get to know more about the show's leading man, including why he's Lloyd Webber's "homie," here.
The new musical also features choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Mick Potter, music supervision by Ethan Popp and hair design by Josh Marquette.
School of Rock — The Musical is produced on Broadway by 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.