Broadway Global shares exclusive quote from a fellow cast member from the biggest musical surprise of this Tony Award season, School of Rock. Being honest School of Rock was not on the top of my reviewing list. Color Purple, Fiddler on the Roof, On Your Feet, Allegiance and even Dames at Sea captured our hearts first. A few of those musicals have already closed, (not due to poor productions, just lower ticket sales). Broadway School is still open! School of Rock is the high energy musical of the theatre season that has audiences cheering in the aisles. School is still in session, rocking Broadway in many more “sessions” to come!
This School has daily “sessions” in fact it was an ensemble actor Mr. Tally Sessions (Doug, Mr. Spencer) in School of Rock known throughout our Nation for his hit regional credits, that made me visit the School of Rock box office, to purchase a ticket to the biggest surprise on Broadway. Tally was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical on Broadway World for his brilliant role at Actors Playhouse in Ragtime. Tally has just left the hit musical now starring at Doctor Alec MacPhail in a new musical called Rain opening at The Old Globe, but his love of School of Rock is shared to our readers. “School of Rock succeeds on every level it sets out to do so. It is hilarious, so much fun, and has the audiences leaping to their feet because yes, the score is terrific and the kids are phenomenal musicians and singers, but the audiences genuinely CARE about Dewey (played by the genius Alex Brightman) and these very human, very truthful children. The message of School of Rock is simple, and one we can all take to heart. Music is the medium in the case, but anything that helps you unlock your potential and become your truest, most joyful self, is something to be pursued with wild abandon.” Tally Sessions.
Something about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s name on a “rock musical” just doesn’t sound right. Yes, I know it should, because we all know Jesus Christ Superstar is rock, but somehow we think of Andrew’s past work more musical theatre type of shows, like Sunset Boulevard, Phantom of the Opera, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat that offers every style of music from heart wrenching ballads to a rousing country hoedown! To be honest, many “rock’ musicals just don’t top my list of musicals because my personal taste of music prefers classic musicals styles or the new pop musicals. School of Rock has proved my preference wrong! “Musical theatre lovers of all ages will love this jewel of a show. School of Rock is the surprise of this Broadway season and must be attended, School is in Session!” Broadway Global.
The story about a dead beat rock roommate living off his educated best friend has a few hidden surprises that we can all learn from. The musical is based on the hit film. Alex Brightman (Dewey Finn) gives an award winning performance, playing the rock lover living off his best friend. Dewy finds a teaching job offer in the mail sent to his best friend Ned played to perfection by Spencer Moses. Dewy decides to take on the persona of Ned using his credentials to accept the teaching job. When he discovers the students have exceptional musical talents, Dewy replaces the kids classical choices of instruments with rock instruments. By the way, these kids are really playing the instruments brilliantly! The young talents alone in this musical are mind blowing. The ensemble, stars and kids in School of Rock will bring you to your feet! The entire cast of School of Rock has captured generations of Broadway musical theatre fans.
What theatre patrons and educators should take or learn from this magical musical is this, sometimes talented individuals who have made a living working, dancing, singing in Broadway shows, or playing instruments in Rock Bands around our globe, may not have a degree to teach in schools. We learn that that a career full or work, experience, credits,.. may offer more education to our students than a “teacher” who has a degree! The working dancer, singer, musician, set builder… (the list goes on and on), credited artists can bring even more experience to our youth than an educator holding a “degree”! Artists that have made a living, working in the business should be invited to the educational process through our “educational leaders”. Find educational works that can include working artists to the educational process, through the options of master classes, choreographing school musicals, teaching set building… and so on. School of Rock is inspiring a new generation to love live theatre. This is one of the most valuable musicals ever produced that should be witnessed by all generations. For tickets or more information please visit School of Rock.
Special thanks to Broadway’s multi talented Tally Sessions now starring at Doctor Alec MacPhail in a new musical called Rain, with music and lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa and book by Sybille Pearson (previously collaborated on Giant at the Public Theatre) which Tally was also a part of. Rain is based on the short story by Somerset Maugham opening at The Old Globe in California and playing April 1st through May 1st. And Broadway Global agrees with Broadway’s Tally Sessions, School of Rock is hilarious, so much fun, and has the audiences leaping to their feet. School of Rock is a Broadway Global and Theatre Chat top Broadway critic pick!