Andrew Lloyd Webber Penning “School of Rock” Musical for Broadway

Kevin Winter

A stage adaptation of the hit 2003 film “School of Rock” will make its world premiere at the Winter Garden Theatre in the winter of 2015. And it’s coming from one of Broadway’s biggest Tony-winning composers: Andrew Lloyd Webber.

“School of Rock—The Musical” will feature music from the film, as well as a new score by the “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats” scribe. Lyrics will come from Glenn Slater, who also wrote the lyrics for the stage transfers of “Leap of Faith,” “Sister Act” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (“Gosford Park”) will pen the book for the musical. He’s also the creator of the PBS hit “Downton Abbey,” and previously provided the book for the stage version of “Mary Poppins.”

It will be the first new Broadway musical for Webber since 2005’s “The Woman in White.”

“School of Rock” tells the tale of a wannabe rocker (played by Jack Black in the film) who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school, and ends up forming a rock band with his fifth-graders.

Direction will come from Laurence Connor, currently represented on Broadway with the revival of “Les Misérables.”

No casting has been announced yet, but if ever there was a part to get “The Book of Mormon” star Josh Gad back to Broadway, it’s this.

Previews for “School of Rock—The Musical” begins Nov. 2, 2015. Opening is set for Dec. 6.

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