GWB ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL. YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS IT WHEN THE SHOW COMES TO ADELAIDE IN MARCH, 2020.
When GWB Entertainment asked if Raph and I would like to preview School of Rock the Musical at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney – before it comes to Adelaide in March 2020 – we said ‘hell, YES!’
Part musical, part live rock show, School of Rock features your favourite songs from the movie as well as 14 new songs written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Things closely follow the film – which happens to be one of our family favourites!
Brent Hill, who won a Helpmann Award for his portrayal of the lead Dewey Finn – plays a wannabe rock star who tries to earn some extra cash by posing as a teacher at a prestigious prep school. But Dewey isn’t interested in teaching his straight-laced students algebra or arithmetic. Instead, these kids are going to learn what it takes to become the most awesome rock ‘n’ roll band of all time.
Hill’s energy is magnetic as is his ability to honour Jack Black, without imitating the cult figure. Bravo for making the role your own! You had Raph and I totally captivated.
When I told Raph I was writing this review and asked him if there was anything he wanted to add, he replied: “Tell them five stars, mum, five stars!”. Well said, son.
The cast of kids needs to be seen to be believed. With an average age of just 10, these superstars all play their own instruments live on stage – that’s where the part rock concert comes in.
We were mesmerised! If you see the show (and you should!), be sure to look out for Zane Blumeris’ guitar solo, Cooper Alexis as drummer Freddy and Sabina Felias as Tomika – I mean, wow!
The kids transfixed me and left me feeling like the future is in good hands. Their energy provides a reprieve from a sometimes troubled world and is both uplifting and inspiring. So much talent on one stage feels contagious and like anything is possible!
I also have to single out leading lady Amy Lehpamer as Rosalie. Have tissues at the ready for her performance of ‘Where Did the Rock Go?’.
School of Rock the Musical premiered in Melbourne last year and performed more than 100 shows there before heading over to China for a four-month tour.
The cast and crew have since returned to play in Auckland, Brisbane and are currently in Sydney until early next year, where they’ve recently celebrated their 300th show. A quick shout-out to the Capitol Theatre – what a character-filled venue and thank you for having us!
What you might not know is that a second cast, including Australian kids, toured South Korea earlier this year.
Part of the School of Rock set for that leg of the tour was actually built right here in South Australia. Another SA connection is with the producers of the show, GWB Entertainment. From their Adelaide offices, they are involved in touring some of the biggest musical theatre productions in the world, including Matilda the Musical and Phantom of the Opera.
What I really like about School of Rock is its broad appeal. This is a musical for everyone in the family from the kids to the grandparents and would make a brilliant Christmas gift!
Tickets are on sale now for a strictly limited season in Adelaide running from 20 March to 12 April next year.
People have asked me where to buy seats for the best viewing experience. Given the high voltage energy of the show, I don’t think there would be a bad seat in the house.
For more information check out https://au.schoolofrockthemusical.com/ and get your tickets today!