School of Rock
FRIDAY & SATURDAY @ 8 PM
WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY @ 2 PM
SUNDAY @ 1 & 6 PM
Upcoming Scheduled Events
Show DescriptionSchool of Rock is a brand new musical based on the famous Paramount film written by Mike White, which starred Jack Black.
The 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. Completely disinterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.
The stage musical is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has composed 14 new songs to create a score, which also features all the original songs from the movie. School of Rock, with its sensational live kids’ rock band, is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music.
May the spirit of rock be with you!
Show WILL Perform 7/4
Wheelchair seating, assistive listening devices, and handheld captions are always available.
Phone: (212) 239-6200
Sorry, there are no scheduled accommodations for this production at this time. Please check back later.
New York, NY 10019-6894
By Subway: 1, 9 to 50th StN, R to 49th SC, E to 50th StB, D, E to 7th Ave
By Bus: Take the M7, M20, M50, or M104 bus.
Additional Accessibility Details
Wheelchairs: Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible. There are no steps in the designated wheelchair seating location. Twenty ADA compliant viewing locations with companion seating. Patron purchases aisle seat and adjacent seat. Transfer optional.
Seating: Orchestra on ground level. Mezzanine reached only by stairs.
Elevator\Escalator: There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.
Parking: Valet parking garage: 51st St. in arcade between Broadway & 8th Ave. No high top vans.
Curb Ramps: NE corner of 51 St. & Broadway only.
Entrance: Double doors in series: 1st set (each 28.5") has one pair of automatic doors from Broadway to Ticket Lobby with push-button control. 2nd set (each 28", attended by ushers) to Inner Lobby; 3rd set (each 28", attended by ushers) to orchestra.
Box Office: Ticket Lobby. Counter 44". Accessible pass-through with writing shelf at 32". Assistance available.
Restroom: Unisex: Inner lobby. Orchestra level. ADA compliant. Door 32". Stall 100" x 61". Commode 17". Grab bars.
Water Fountain: Inner lobby. Spout 43".
Telephone: Ticket lobby. Coin slot 48". Cord 29". Volume control. With TTY and electric outlet.
Assisted Listening System: Assisted Listening Devices are available and reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Please call: (212) 582-7678 to reserve in advance.
Visual Assistance: Vision seats available for purchase in person or over the phone.
Folding Armrests: Seventeen row-end seats with folding armrests.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has returned to the magnificent Winter Garden Theatre, for nearly 18 years (1992-2000) home to his now-and-forevermusical Cats. School of Rock won’t be leaving any time soon, of that I’m pretty certain. Exuberantly loud, high-spirited and upbeat, it’s a feel-good show for Boomers and, god-help-us, our grandchildren.
What a relief to see that an unlikely creative team—Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, veteran composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater (Leap of Faith)—successfully execute such a smart transfer of film to stage. This is one tight, well-built show: underscoring the emotional arcs (Dewey as both surrogate kid and parent; the students’ yearning to be heard); gently juicing the romantic subplot between Dewey and buttoned-up school principal Rosalie Mullins (sweetly starchy Sierra Boggess); and knowing when to get out of the way and let the kids jam. School of Rock has absorbed the diverse lessons of Rent, Spring Awakening and Matilda and passes them on to a new generation.
But it’s up to its leading man to set a tone that mixes unwashed hedonism with reassuring wholesomeness. One step too far in one direction and audiences may feel like posting an Amber Alert; oversell the sweetness, and diabetes threatens.
Mr. Black managed that balancing act beautifully. So, I am happy to report, does the hitherto unheralded Mr. Brightman. As Dewey — who impersonates his roommate, Ned (Spencer Moses), a substitute teacher, to land a job at the exclusive Horace Green prep school — Mr. Brightman never makes the mistake of trying to upstage his young co-stars; he gets down with, and brings out the best in, them in a performance as notable for its generosity as its virtuosity.The actor finds the charm in Dewey’s gung-ho clumsiness, as he secretly organizes his class into a battle-of-the-bands-worthy ensemble, but he doesn’t fetishize it. His character comes across, as he must, as a rock ’n’ roll nerd of limited talent but infinite passion. The kids warm to him because that passion feels so authentic it’s infectious.