Are You Ready to Rock? Broadway's School of Rock Launches Open Call for Kid Stars and Jack Black Role

News   Are You Ready to Rock? Broadway's School of Rock Launches Open Call for Kid Stars and Jack Black Role
Young performers who sing and also play musical instruments are being sought in a nationwide casting call for the upcoming Broadway premiere of School of Rock. Andrew Lloyd Webber will bring the new musical to Broadway this fall.

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

Young performers ages 9-15 are invited to attend a Jan. 24 New York City open call at 10 AM at the Winter Garden Theatre, where School of Rock will begin previews Nov. 2. Separate open calls will take place in Los Angeles (Jan. 17) and Chicago (Jan. 24).

Producers announced that they will also be seeing actors to take on the role of rocker-turned-teacher Dewey, played on screen by Jack Black in the film.

Here's what hopefuls need to know:

Performers aged 9-15 "should bring a picture and resume (if available) and a pop/rock song he/she loves to sing. (An accompanist will be provided.) Hopefuls that play guitar, bass, or cello are encouraged to bring along their instruments and be prepared to rock out! Hopefuls that play the piano should prepare a rocking tune, and hopefuls that play the drums are encouraged to bring along their sticks."

Casting directors will be seeing actors in their late 20s-30s for the role of Dewey on Jan. 18 at 2 PM at Screenland Studios in Los Angeles. The creators are looking for "an original guy with a high pop/rock voice." In addition, "those who play guitar or bass are encouraged to bring along their instruments and be prepared to rock out!" For complete audition details, visit


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 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 joins 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.

Cavallo said in a statement, "School of Rock is a wonderful film, a rock and roll story that transcends the genre with passion and heart. To be able to creatively collaborate with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn Slater, Julian Fellowes and the rest of the team is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I can't wait to see School of Rock take on a whole new life."

Lloyd Webber added, "I am excited to be working on bringing Jack Black and Mike White's iconic movie to the stage. It is a joy for me to return to my Jesus Christ Superstar roots – when Deep Purple's Ian Gillan was recording Jesus for Tim Rice and me at London's Olympic Studios, Led Zeppelin was recording next door and a glimpse of a Stone or two was routine! School Of Rock is hugely about how music can empower kids. Tim Rice and my first performed piece, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was written for a school. Ever since then I and my Art Foundation have been actively involved in music education back home in Britain. It will be a joy to discover and work with talented musical kids in the USA and, who knows, maybe discover a rock star or three of the next generation."

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.


Additional information, including performance schedule and ticketing information, will be announced in January.

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