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Not ever having ever seen the School of Rock movie, I was excited to see the musical which had its Australian premiere in Melbourne.
I knew I was in for a treat as the music was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber as I heard he wrote 14 new songs especially for this musical. Webber was a fan and decided to create a musical based on the 2003 film based on the same name.
School of Rock 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. After identifying the musical talent in his students, Dewey forms a band of fifth-graders, in an attempt to win the upcoming Battle of the Bands contest.
The on-stage chemistry shines through between the leads of Brent Hill (Dewey Finn) and Amy Lehpamer (Rosalie 'Roz' Mullins) as they've worked together previously in the musicals Rock of Ages (2011) and Once (2014). Brent is perfectly cast as Dewey as he's fast and energetic in a rather wild and uncontrolled way. Amy is ideal as the school principal who at first is serious then becomes a rock chick. My favourite song was Amy performing Where Do The Rock Go?.
The audience erupted with excitement when the band started as the child cast perform all the instruments live and are aged between the ages of nine to 13 years of age.
As I'm for Ballarat, I was excited to see Chihana Perera who starred as Tomika. This musical has a few links to Ballarat as the alternate Dewey is Joe Kosky, who studied the Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) at University of Ballarat Arts Academy.
I'm still singing or humming the tunes of Stick it to the Man or You're In The Band. I'll be attending future performances of School of Rock to see the other alternating children's cast as they're the future of theatre in Australia.
School of Rock is being staged at Her Majesty's Theatre until February 2019. After the Melbourne season, School of Rock will tour Sydney and Brisbane.