Matthew Murphy


School of Rock

Every Tue., Wed., and Thu. from March 6-8
7:30 p.m.
Every Fri. from March 9-10
8 p.m.
March 10
2 p.m.
March 11
1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

School of Rock (2003) was an ideal vehicle for the manic stylings of Jack Black. As a floundering musician who impersonates a teacher at a prestigious private school, Black’s character headbanged through rockstar legacies and musical theory via face-melting guitar solos, all while preaching the integral link between rock and rebellion. In adapting the film to the Broadway stage, producers enlisted Andrew Lloyd Webber, a composer whose popular acclaim would seem to run contrary to the subversive ethos of rock. Few would consider writer Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) or lyricist Glenn Slater (Sister ActThe Little Mermaid) to be malcontented outsiders, either. But rock has always been an ungovernable beast, diverse enough to include both garage-band thrashers and lavishly orchestrated power ballads, all of which can be expected from this traveling production led by the anarchic energy of Rob Collett. Keeping both the spirit of the film and the mythology of the music, School of Rock boasts the live musicianship of an unruly ensemble of kids rocking from the ornate Orpheum stage.