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Monday, April 8th, 2013

Andrew Lloyd Webber Is Making a 'School of Rock' Musical

A decade after its release, the Jack Black movie School of Rock may become the basis for a big Broadway musical. During an interview last week, Dame Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed that he's acquired the rights to the 2003 movie and hopes to bring it to the stage. Says Webber, "Another thing that I've just got the rights to that I am very excited about … is that movie School of Rock." The movie's soundtrack featured songs from Led Zeppelin, The Who, Cream, The Doors, and a ton of other classic rock groups, and Webber intends to use a lot of this music. "There may be songs for me in it," he explains, "But it's obviously got songs in it as it stands." Webber didn't mention how far along his School of Rock adaptation is, so we'll just see if it beats the Mean Girls musical and the Animal House musical to the stage.

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  • zantzu

    My daughter goes to School
    of Rock. I told her the news this morning. She said, "Why do they have to
    go and ruin everything with a musical?" After further probing, she said,
    "It will give School of Rock unwanted attention, we already get plenty of
    attention." I have to agree. While it's cool for School of Rock, I think
    it sucks that ALW is coming in to capitalize on what hardworking parents and
    the students have done to keep the doors open. It's exploitation at it's
    finest. There's already plenty of mutual exploitation going on… but this
    creates a major imbalance. Our house band children perform for free at
    charitable events in cities nationwide which gets plenty of community attention
    which helps SOR keep the doors open, in turn, it provides a safe place for our
    children to establish friendships and perform with each other. But we pay for
    our children to attend School of Rock, they don't pay us. We enjoy a certain
    level of exclusivity at School of Rock and quite frankly, we like it that way.
    The branding of Andrew Lloyd Weber is going to ruin this. It knocks the whole
    dynamic out of balance. We pay to make School of Rock what it is, not Andrew
    Lloyd Weber. I really don't care how cool Andrew Lloyd Weber is, he's
    leveraging his name to capitalize on our sweat to make millions on
    merchandising a broadway musical which ruins it for us. In the end it makes me
    absolutely furious. I spend my time, money and effort for my child to enjoy
    School of Rock, but for ALW to capitalize on it? No. As a SOR parent, I'm
    saying thumbs down on having anything to do with ALW up in the School of Rock
    biz.