In 2003, radio airwaves were oversaturated with Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, and Nelly. The manufactured, image-obssesed, bubble gum pop and hip hop scene had taken over. As a kid, I really hadn't tailored my music tastes so the products of this millennial pop scene were basically all I listened to. But in the same year, a movie with Jack Black that was released through Nickelodeon and intended to be seen by kids my age was released. This movie was School of Rock and it changed my life forever.
That's not an understatement. After I saw Jack Black and a bunch of kids my age stick it to the man with rock music, I was addicted. I searched all the CD's that were in my house. I came across Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Cream, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. By the time I was a teenager, I had caught up with the rock music of my parent's generation to that of my generation; having gone from blues rock to psychedelic rock and roll to punk rock to grunge up to the alternative bands that I listened to and followed all throughout high school. And it was all thanks to this one special movie that I saw when I was barely even ten years old.
So you can understand my excitement when it was announced that School of Rock would be coming to Broadway. I was even more excited when I was able to see it as its workshop previews were playing downtown at the Gramercy Theatre. Finally, I could experience the story of Dewey Finn recruiting the talents of young, elementary school kids in order to win the Battle of the Bands in a whole new light. And although this was just a workshop production playing in front of about 200 people on a fairly small stage, it was still mammoth in production quality.
With about 30 cast members, 15 of which who are barely ten years old, School of Rock blew the crowd away. Combining a well-crafted story, previously told by Richard Linklater on the big screen, with music by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Weber, School of Rock will rock you to your core while utilizing young talented performers who put Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin, and Janis Joplin to shame. And that's something to appreciate because here we have a show (and movie) that combines two generations: the classic and the contemporary. It shows that a new generation can always appreciate and value what has been passed down onto it: which is why I will always appreciate School of Rock.
The full-on Broadway production will start previews on November 9th and premiere December 6th at the Winter Garden Theatre. And we at Applause will have tickets to this sure-fire hit show. So don't miss out on the head-banging gem that is School of Rock.
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