School of Rock Review
Review by Callum Stott.
"A fun and uplifting experience for all the family".
Based on the popular 2003 movie of the same name, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, played here by Jake Sharp, showing his journey from being a wannabe rock singer to becoming a substitute teacher at a highly regarded school. He has no idea how to teach the children Maths, English or Science but uses his skills in music to transform these Harvard bound kids into the ultimate rock band.
School of Rock is the perfect musical adaptation that carries over everything you love from the film, including the hit song “Teacher’s Pet” and 14 original songs composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber. The show ran in London for five years, and thank goodness we are now treated to this touring production, opening up this family-friendly show to audiences across the UK.
Julian Fellowes script is top-notch in that he brings the most out of the young actors, taking the well-known film and giving it an entirely fresh feel, perfect for the stage. Often you feel like you are at the Battle of the Bands concert instead of sitting watching a musical. Laurence Connor’s direction also brings the script to life, making the show a fun and uplifting experience for all the family.
Jake Sharp as Dewey Finn brings playful immaturity, mixed with a real passion for wanting the kids to achieve. He is full-on energy from the show’s opening and shows real heart in the show’s caring moments. Rebecca Lock also plays the formal with a rebellious side, Rosalie Mullins, incredibly well. She has a brilliant soprano voice which she puts to good use in one of the show’s best musical numbers, “Where did the Rock Go?”. The children’s cast is all super talented, combining believable acting with impeccable musical ability playing a host of instruments live on stage each performance.
If you are looking for a musical that has a great feel-good story, brilliant music, and a superbly talented cast, then there is no way you can stop, the School of Rock!