School of Rock The Musical is the latest hit from Andrew Lloyd Webber to make it to the stage in Australia. After a hugely successful season in Melbourne, it’s coming soon to Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre at QPAC.
The musical is based on the movie of the same name that starred Jack Black. His Dewey Finn character is a wannabe rock star cum relief teacher who enlists music students from a prestigious school to help him fulfil his dream.
It’s an education like no other!
The pint-sized rock prodigies who follow his lead are played by an incredibly talented ensemble of Australian children, and audiences are often amazed that each of the young musicians in the band plays live on stage.
According to Joe Kosky (who played the alternate Dewey Finn during Melbourne’s season):
“Even with Andrew Lloyd Webber announcing that at the start of the show, people still question whether they play these instruments live. I can tell you 100 per cent that they do.”
Joe has appeared in the Kinky Boots and Priscilla Queen of the Desert musicals, so this is a different dynamic for him.
“It is very different, but also I feel like finally, I’m at home in a show like this,” he told us. “The kids were probably what I was most intimidated about [when I was] starting, but they have quickly become the most rewarding part of this whole experience. They’re teaching me far more than I ever thought I could learn from children.”
The band references that form Dewey’s musical history lessons come from well before his fellow castmates were born, but they’re apparently well-versed about rock legends.
“Their repertoire is better than you think for kids of their age,” says Joe. “Some of the guitarists give them a request of any era, and they’ll play it for you. They are not only great musicians for their age, but great musicians period.”
School of Rock features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as all the original songs from the movie.