REVIEWS: ‘School of Rock’

Review Round Up for School of Rock

Broadway’s School of Rock plays TPAC’s Jackson Hall through Sunday, September 16. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the hit 2003 film, starring Jack Black, AND musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Read what reviewers in Middle Tennessee have to say about the hilarious new musical that follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band:

“Chances are, you might leave TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall, where the national touring company of School of Rock is encamped for an eight-performance run through Sunday, September 16, pondering how a cast of such talented young actors could so effortlessly bowl over an audience filled with eager musical theater fans, much less incredibly experienced and skeptical theater critics. Cutting out all the requisite and wordy theater criticism crap: They are phenomenal. Pure and simple.”
– Jeffrey Ellis, BroadwayWorld Nashville

“If the back-to-school grind already has you down, TPAC has the perfect remedy with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical School of Rock. Julian Fellowes’ (Downton Abbey) book doesn’t exactly break new ground, but it certainly hits all the high notes from the movie. And though a couple of songs feel a bit on the nose, it’s great to see Lloyd Webber get back to his roots with some genuinely rocking moments. But make no mistake about it – this show belongs to the immensely talented young actors who portray the students of Horace Green. Yes, they play their own instruments. But they do so much more, making the most of the script’s snappy one-liners and delivering JoAnn M. Hunter’s fist-pumping choreography with confidence. So, get ready to rock, Nashville.”
– Amy Stumpfl, Nashville Theater Writer

“Young teenagers filled with limited expectations become limitless with possibilities, as their incredible musical abilities explode on stage at TPAC… thanks to a crazy, funny, nutty, weird, and slightly insane, but passionately, inspiring substitute teacher, named Dewey Finn. Gold Stars for everyone!”
– Helen Meeley, Williamson Herald

“Had W.C. Fields seen School of Rock before made his famous quote where he warned ‘never work with children or animals’ he may have been singing a different tune – perhaps ‘Stick it to the Man,’ one of the memorable numbers performed by the talented cast on opening night… [School of Rock] not only showcases the talented young cast but it also tells a powerful story about their often strained family relationships at home and how through the magic of music they bridge the gaps that has caused them and their parents to drift apart. The show will leave you chanting for an encore and singing the lyrics to yourself all the way home.”
– Duane Sherrill, Smithville Review


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