Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical School of Rock has broken the house record at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre.
The musical grossed more than $1.5 million dollars in a standing room only sell-out during Christmas week. This breaks the previous record of $1.36 million held by Mamma Mia!.
School of Rock looks set to break a further record when it plays nine performances this week. With book by Julian Fellowes, the musical is based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Black.
Producers are now launching a nationwide search in the UK for highly talented children to star in School of Rock's West End transfer. The thirteen child roles in School of Rock involve the kids playing their own instruments live on stage, as well as singing and dancing.
Lloyd Webber said: "I had forgotten what it was to have this kind of hit. It is particularly great as we have no star names and we are witnessing personal triumphs for our brilliant kids and for Alex Brightman as Dewey, the role made famous by Jack Black. Now our team will begin searching across the UK for talented children to star in the West End transfer."
Because of the UK performance regulations on child actors, School of Rock will need at least three separate casts – more than 39 talented children in total. School Of Rock will open at the London Palladium in Autumn 2016, with exact dates to be confirmed.
Directed by Laurence Connor, School of Rock on Broadway stars Alex Brightman (Wicked/Big Fish) and Sierra Boggess (Love Never Dies/It Shoulda Been You) as Dewey Finn and headmistress Rosalie. Additional lyrics are by Glenn Slater with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, scenic and costume design by Anna Louizos, lighting by Natasha Katz and sound by Mick Potter.
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