Rock On! Watch Hundreds of Children Audition for Broadway's School of Rock (Video)

News   Rock On! Watch Hundreds of Children Audition for Broadway's School of Rock (Video)
A nationwide casting call for the upcoming Broadway premiere of School of Rock was held Jan. 24 at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre, where the new musical will begin previews Nov. 2. Watch the hundreds of kids rock out! 

Jack Black in the film <i>School of Rock</i>
Jack Black in the film School of Rock Photo by Paramount Pictures

The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group and Access Industries, The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization produce the musical that will feature music from the movie as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater. School of Rock will open Dec. 6. The book is by Julian Fellowes.

Laurence Connor, currently represented on Broadway with the re-imagined revival of Les Misérables, will direct.

In School of Rock — The Musical, according to producers, "down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands."

Produced by Paramount Pictures, the 2003 film was directed by Richard Linklater and starred Black in a career-defining performance. The film received universal critical acclaim and went on to gross more than $130 million worldwide.

Three-time Grammy Award winner Rob Cavallo also joined the creative team. Cavallo is one of the top-selling record producers in the world, has been involved in albums that have sold more than 150 million units and has worked with Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Goo Goo Dolls, Phil Collins and Cary Clark Jr., among others.

School of Rock will feature choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Mick Potter. Nina Lannan serves as executive producer.

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