School of Rock Promotes Its New Class of Leads Today

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Eric Petersen takes over the role of rocker Dewey Finn.
The new class of <i>School of Rock – The Musical</i>
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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock—The Musical enters its second year on Broadway November 7 with a new class of cast members led by Eric Petersen, who assumes the role of wannabe rock star Dewey Finn.

He replaces Tony nominee Alex Brightman, who played his final performance in the show November 6.

Petersen has been seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in national tours, most notably as Shrek in Shrek: The Musical, Peter and the Starcatcher, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. On television, Petersen played Arlo Barth on TVLand’s Kristie, and has been seen on Disney Channel’s Jessie, Pair of Kings, and Kirby Buckets.

Also new to the cast: Rachel Katzke as Katie the bass player and Walden Sullivan as Lawrence the keyboardist. Olivia Chun assumes the role of super-serious band manager Summer, Steven Booth assumes the role of Ned, Annabelle Wachtel plays Marcy, Terrance Bell, Jr. plays Mason, Chloe Bryan plays Madison, and Ellie Kim joins the cast as a swing.

They join returning principal cast members Brandon Niederauer as Zack the guitarist, and Raghav Mehrotra as Freddy on drums.

The new class of School of Rock – The Musical also features Will Blum as the Dewey alternate, Jenn Gambatese as Rosalie Mullins, Becky Gulsvig as Patty, Bobbi MacKenzie as Tomika, and Luca Padovan as Billy. The adult ensemble includes Emily Cramer, Natalie Charle Ellis, John Arthur Greene, Merritt David Janes, Nehal Joshi, Lulu Lloyd, Jaygee Macapugay, Cassie Okenka, Patrick O’Neill, Morgan Rose, Jesse Swimm, Josh Tower, Joel Waggoner, and J. Michael Zygo. The kid’s ensemble features Paul Luke Bonenfant, Ava Della Pietra, Gabby Gutierrez, Gianna Harris, Jason Kisare, and Jersey Sullivan.

Based on the hit film, School of Rock – The Musical follows Dewey Finn, described in production notes as “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. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.”

School of Rock 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 Ethan Popp.

School of Rock – The Musical is currently in previews in London’s West End at the New London Theatre with an official opening scheduled for November 14.

Tickets for Broadway’s School of Rock – The Musical can be ordered online at or by calling (212) 239-6200.

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