First casting has been announced for the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage adaptation of School of Rock.
The musical opens on Broadway on 6th December 2015 (previews from 9th November) at the Main Stem's Winter Garden Theatre. Laurence Connor directs.
Alex Brightman, who starred in the musical's recent workshop, will lead the cast as Dewey Finn (played by Jack Black in the 2003 movie). His Broadway credits include Big Fish, Matilda, Wicked and Glory Days.
Discussing Brightman's casting, Lloyd Webber said: "I’ve come to consider the casting of an actor named ‘Brightman’ in a starring role something of a good luck charm for a long, healthy run on Broadway. Alex, lucky for us, also happens to be a remarkable Dewey Finn. The wonderful thing about seeing him play this role is that you get the sense that he’s having every bit as much fun performing as we are watching, and the result is positively infectious."
Her theatre credits also include: Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway, Royal Albert Hall, Las Vegas), Christine in Love Never Dies (West End, Olivier nomination), Ariel in The Little Mermaid (Broadway), Sharon in Master Class (Broadway) and Fantine in Les Miserables (West End).
Speaking to Broadway.com about her casting, Boggess said: "I am so thrilled to be part of Andrew Lloyd Webber's newest musical! It's such a joyous show and I know audiences are going to have the best time!"
Lloyd Webber added: "Sierra is a magical performer. She was a brilliant Christine Daaé in Phantom, and I’m delighted she’ll have this chance to show off her considerable comedic chops in the role of the Rosalie in School of Rock."
School of Rock has book by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes. The musical will feature music from the movie, as well as new music written by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater. Choreography is by JoAnn M. Hunter, with scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Mick Potter.
This marks the first time Lloyd Webber has opened a show on Broadway before London since Jesus Christ Superstar in 1971.