On 6th July 2017, I went to see School of Rock the Musical in London’s West End at the Gillian Lynn Theatre with my friends Sheila and Linda. We all play guitar and we’d heard it was a great show – plus our friend Dario Cortese plays in it so we wanted to meet up with and support him.
It was BRILLIANT!
In the upstairs foyer before the show there were electric and acoustic guitars to play which was fun, and all the staff were really friendly and upbeat.
School of Rock musical is based on the film of the same name and has been adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
It tells the story of Dewey Finn, ‘a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?’
As well as a great story, which touches on following your dreams and parents getting to know their children for who they truly are rather than who they’d like them to be, the music is fantastic– the main characters playing their own instruments on stage and with the professional band behind the scenes the music was amazing all the way through.
My favourite song was ‘Stick it to the Man!’ which is a roaring rock anthem with growling guitars! Loved it – don’t listen if you don’t like the odd bit of colourful language!
The acting was brilliant too – you were totally absorbed in the whole thing. Every member of the cast did a perfect job.
The sets were amazing – very clever, they moved around for different scenes, and the costumes were colourful and perfect for the parts. Some of the adult cast played multiple parts and you really couldn’t tell at all, they were so good.
The atmosphere at the venue was great – there were a lot of schools in the audience and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was a great show – I’ll probably go again and, if you’re thinking of going, go, definitely!
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