Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit show School of Rock – the Musical has revealed the casting for its first-ever UK and Ireland tour, which makes its Midlands premiere at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre next month.
Jake Sharp from Lichfield is getting the band back together as it is confirmed that he will lead the cast as Dewey Finn, having previously performed the role in the West End.
Alex Tomkins will perform in the role at certain performances. They are joined by Rebecca Lock as Rosalie Mullins, Matthew Rowland as Ned Schneebly and Nadia Violet Johnson as Patty Di Marco.
The remaining adult cast comprises Ryan Bearpark, James Bisp, Joanna O’Hare, Samuel Haughton, Tom Hext, Harveen Mann, Richard Morse, Annell Odartey, Amy Oxley, Helena Pipe, Michaela Powell, Richard Vorster and Craig Watson.
One of three teams of 12 children will perform live alongside Sharp each night.
Based on the hit film, this new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a mind-blowing rock band – while falling for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress.
The production features new music written by Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid, Sister Act) and script by Julian Fellowes.
For the its first UK and Ireland tour, Christopher Key takes the reins as associate director, Maria Graciano as associate choreographer and musical supervision is by Matt Smith. Adam Fisher and Stuart Porter complete the team as associate sound and lighting designers.
The tour is produced by David Ian for Crossroads Live by arrangement with the Really Useful Group.