The hilarious Broadway musical School of Rock is currently playing at the Arsht Center through April 14th. My husband, kids and I were able to rock out on Tuesday evening for its opening night. We are HUGE classic rock fans, from Zeppelin and Clapton to Prince and Bowie. We knew we would really like this show. What I didn’t expect was to relate to it as much as I did as a teacher as well.
School of Rock at Arsht Center
Based on the hit film, this irresistible new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star. Dewey 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.
Dewey Finn was kicked out of his rock band No Vacancy, just before their audition for Battle of the Bands. So Dewey poses as his roommate Ned, a substitute teacher, in order to get paid and catch up on rent. Immature and with no teaching experience, Dewey has no idea what he’s doing. So he teaches the students about what he knows best: Rock and Roll. He replaces Reading, Writing and ‘
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In spite of his unorthodox teaching methods, Dewey is able to connect with his students. With Dewey as their teacher, the kids at Horace Green Preparatory School are able to tap into their innate potential. He manages to bring out the best in them and be themselves through music. And what a treat the music is! All the child performers play their own instruments!
The touring company includes Merritt David Janes or Gary Trainor (at certain performances) as “Dewey”, Lexie Dorsett Sharp as “Rosalie”, Layne
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Everyone Is Talking About School of Rock
“An inspiring jolt of energy, joy
Reuters raves “Andrew Lloyd Webber has broadway rocking again!”
The Daily News cheers, Andrew Lloyd Webber “awakens the empowering message of rock!”
School of Rock will have you rockin’ to its catchy tunes, with 14 songs by none other than Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber. The show is suitable for children ages 7 and up. Children younger than 7 might find the show a bit long. From curtain to house lights it was just under three hours long (including intermission). My boys, 16 and 12, loved it, and so did mom and dad!
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The School of Rock supports Broadway Cares, a charitable organization helping to fight HIV/AIDS. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS helps men, women, and children across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling, and emergency financial assistance. Be sure to drop your donation into one of the red buckets being held by cast members on your way out!