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School of Rock - The Musical (NYC)

From 62 critic and 3,013 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Clever

About the show

Based on the hit Jack Black film, this musical comedy features songs by 'Jesus Christ Superstar' composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. More…

'School of Rock—The Musical' follows Dewey, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to rock, Dewey falls for the school’s headmistress.

2h 15m | Already closed | Winter Garden Theatre (Midtown W)

Front Row Center

"This is Lloyd Webber’s best rock score in decades. There isn’t a weak song in the show, and the cast is up to its demanding vocals as well. I should probably mention at this point that although there is also an offstage band, these kids are actually playing those instruments, and they are off the charts amazing...Director Laurence Connor’s loving and tight control of the material, never loses sight of the goal; let’s rock!" Full Review

Broadway Spotted

"This is a great musical. It’s fun, it’s FUNNY, there are touching moments, and it makes you really want to rock out. I have been trying for hours to think of a better movie-to-stage adaptation and I just can’t. I think they really hit the nail on the head with this one...this was just awesome. JUST GO, okay? Just go see it so I can stop babbling." Full Review

Live Music Daily

"All the music and all the songs were brilliantly composed and performed along with the playful choreography. I was immensely impressed and should’ve expected nothing less.This review would be considered incomplete if I forgot to mention the outstanding job director Laurence Connor and his production staff had done. The flow of the story and the set transitions were smooth throughout. There was never a dull moment during the 3 hour show." Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

"Andrew Lloyd Webber has chosen to adapt a movie with a plot that could hardly be sillier, and supplies a new score that could hardly be more addictive. 'School of Rock' is full of both hard-charging rock n roll and supremely catchy melodies…The kids don’t just sing exquisitely and dance with infectious abandon, they also reportedly play the musical instruments themselves – astonishing if true…There is plenty of hard-driving music here, including several from the movie." Full Review

Time Out New York

"It worked for the movie, and wow, does it work on Broadway, a double jolt of adrenaline and sugar to inspire the most helicoptered of tots to play hooky and go shred an ax…This is one tight, well-built show: underscoring the emotional arcs, 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." Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"Watching these characters as they confront and grapple with their fears reveals a transcendent level of success uncommon to the Broadway stage...The cast is uniformly excellent, each member giving thoroughly honest and authentic performances. It is so easy to connect to each of these well-defined characters and the particular conflicts that drive the musical’s energetic plot." Full Review


“'School Of Rock' is a rock solid hit!... All of the pieces come together in perfect harmony thanks to Laurence Connor’s flawless direction...The secret weapon in this show is the kids. Magnificent talents all, it’s thrilling to witness these young stars in action impressively singing and acting...'School Of Rock' may not be groundbreaking, but as crowd- pleasing entertainment, it doesn’t miss a beat." Full Review


" Laurence Connor keeps things constantly moving and never allows the children to be annoying or cloying. He respects them and gives each one of them a distinct personality and we get to know them as individuals. In the end, it is Julian Fellows (book), Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Glenn Slater (lyrics) who are the real rock stars of 'School of Rock.' Without them, we wouldn’t have had this infinitely delightful head-banger." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"With such a powerful creative team, a show with sky-high name recognition, a company of insanely talented boys and girls, and a promising new star, its success is practically guaranteed, no matter what its flaws. “School of Rock” teaches us that it’s sometimes okay to break the rules and stick it to the man, but also that Broadway has a bottomless pit of extraordinarily talented kids who can do practically anything the stage requires, including making a B-minus show into an A-minus one." Full Review


"An exuberant feel-good musical…A cast of super-talented kids who rock out on the kind of songs you always wished had been in the movie…Webber has the ideal sensibility to relate to children whose freakish talents might make them seem a little bit…peculiar…Thankfully, nothing savage has been done to the original film story…The creatives have given the children a sensitive backstory about their parents and home lives that’s missing from the movie." Full Review

AM New York

"A highly enjoyable and heartwarming adaptation…Although occasionally serviceable and sappy, 'School of Rock' contains his best music in a very long time, bursting with excitement more often than not…The children are wildly talented and absolutely adorable. I dare you not to smile as they stomp around and chant that they will 'stick it to the man.' 'School of Rock' may not be a game-changer, but it is a solid, well-structured musical comedy, and you can never have enough of those." Full Review

Broadway & Me

"A hard working ensemble that, under Laurence Connor's sure-handed direction, takes on triple duty as Dewey's old band mates, the kids' parents and other teachers at the school, helpfully distinguished by Anna Louizos' sly costumes. But the true key to the show's appeal is the multi-ethnic group of kids, none of whom have yet hit puberty." Full Review

Chicago Tribune

"Webber has pushed to the fore a group of rockin'-out U.S. youngsters so capable, charming, vulnerable and aspirational, their open hearts surely will fell any and all resistance...'School of Rock' offers the audience a chance to be kids again, only with more talent than we ever had...Connor made one great decision above all others, which was to ensure that the kids stay serious and vulnerable. Crucially, this gives the show weight and enough gravitas." Full Review

The Associated Press

"The crowd-pleasing, upbeat musical 'School of Rock' opened with a wondrously rebellious spirit and a superb cast...While leaning a little bit too much on 'Stick It to the Man,' Webber turns in some perfectly solid mainstream rock-ish anthems...A heartwarming story and a stage full of pre-pubescent kids who know their way around an amp prove irresistible…Connor leads a crisp, snappy show that neither gets bogged down in irrelevant secondary stories or in easy manipulation." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"It’s all very obvious, sure. And the musical perhaps more so than the movie…Webber has written a fun, catchy, rock-ish score. And if the plotlines about the adults feel leaden, when those kids — Dewey’s 10-year-old students — take the stage, 'School of Rock' is a delight…'School of Rock' isn’t perfect. But if, as the musical suggests, perfection is less the point than trying hard and having fun doing so, then it succeeds." Full Review

Peconic Public Broadcasting

"Children in Broadway shows sometimes turn me off, but this band of newly aspiring actors, actresses and musicians are really quite good. 4 or 5 of them including the drummer, a keyboard player and a guitar player are way better than you could possibly expect from 9 - 11 year olds...It’s noisy, it’s full of life and you’ll be able to rock all night after you see it. 'School of Rock' like all of its schools around the country, including some here in the East, really rocks!" Full Review

What's On Stage (UK)

"A rock and roll, heavy metal tribute to, and very smart adaptation...The energy level is phenomenal, Brightman's sandpaper voice apparently indestructible and his touch with the kids, impeccable...The score is more than a stitching together of the movie items. There are some splendid new anthems and chorales...Mike White's movie has been deftly adapted, efficiently directed, wittily designed and lit with rock concert flair." Full Review


"This is it. This is that $16 million Broadway show for the whole family, with something for everyone. One caveat: those with sensitive ears, bring your earplugs. This opus is loud...If audience appreciation is any factor, it’s easy to predict a long, healthy, and really loud future for "School Of Rock.'" Full Review


"'School of Rock' is best in these big, brash, unabashedly rock ’n’ roll moments..'.School of Rock' isn’t a revelation...But 'School of Rock' is likely everything it wants to be—totally delightful, purely entertaining, the crowd-pleasing kind of show—that you can bring your kids and out-of-town cousins to. Not liking it is akin to not liking fun." Full Review

The New York Times

"'School of Rock' doesn’t strain to mix whimsy with grandeur...For its first half, at least, it charmingly walks the line between the cute and the precious…In the more lazily formulaic second act, you can taste glucose in the air. But mostly, 'Rock' is surprisingly easy to swallow, in large part because everyone involved seems to be having such a fine time...Family audiences should be grateful for a Lloyd Webber show that only wants to have fun and hopes that you do, too." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"It’s not a platinum success, maybe just a silver ‘Starlight‘ one…Blisteringly loud and infectious, 'School of Rock' is a rocking fun musical that does slap a smile on your face whether you want one or not. The kids are amazing...Brightman definitely can rock out like no other...But his bigger talent comes in the way he is able to balance the very difficult task of being a loser, a liar, a trouble-maker, and being loved by us in-spite of all that and more." Full Review

Bob's Theater Blog

"It may be simplistic, manipulative and slick, but this musical version of the popular 2003 film is a fast-paced family-friendly entertainment that is hard to resist...Alex Brightman is a veritable powerhouse as Dewey Finn...Best of all are the appealing child actors who have prodigious musical talents...The choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter is lively and the direction by Laurence Connor is seamless and assured. The show is far from subtle, but resistance is futile." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"It might sound lame to suggest that 'School of Rock' works in large part because of the charms of a bunch of adorable kids. But their infectious delight as they etch their distinct personalities and seize both their individual and collective right to be heard is irresistible…Some of Lloyd Webber's more traditional numbers feel like filler…The direction of Connor is not always the most elegant…But the minute they launch into ecstatic head-banging, pogoing release, all is forgiven." Full Review


"A high-energy, enjoyable, unrelentingly eager-to-please…The first thing to know is that the kids are genuine children who play their own instruments, and they’re all terrific…The production is as slick and sure of itself as if it had been running at the Winter Garden Theatre since 'Cats' closed 15 years ago…The book by Julian Fellowes moves amiably along with less of the film’s history of rock and more family back story for the kids, which works fine." Full Review

USA Today

"Webber, happily, has approached the project with a healthy sense of humor, though he and lyricist Glenn Slater also provide a few earnest ballads to help propel the story…It's the younger cast members who engage us most…Does their sheer cuteness give these performers an edge? Probably. No matter; you'll root for all of them, and have a grand time doing so." Full Review

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Hilarious, Funny

See it if If you've seen the movie, you'll love the play. The kids are SO talented.

Don't see it if You hated movie, don't like musicals.

Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a fun musical, full of incredibly talented kids!

Don't see it if you want to see a more serious or thought provoking musical. This is definitely on the light hearted side

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if see it if you loved the movie. also see it if you didn't the story is fun,. the vocals are fantastic & i loved the staging. excellent show!

Don't see it if you are a grouch and dont like super amazing talented children

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if You want an entertaining full Broadway experience. Great performances.

Don't see it if you are okay with missing something really special.

Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Must see

See it if You loved the movie and the story and music and kids and Broadway shows.

Don't see it if What? What do you mean don't see it if? Who wrote this? What,you don't like kids and musicals and rock and roll?You have to see this.

Clever, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Profound

See it if You enjoy live Musical performances, high energy entertainment and creative children who are passionate.

Don't see it if You don't like high energy shows!!

Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting, Thrilling

See it if You want to see a fabulous feel good entertaining show

Don't see it if You don't like kids or music

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you loved the movie, you want to see an amazing musical, you like musical theater pop rock

Don't see it if you don’t like watching kids on stage, you didn’t like the plot of the movie

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you enjoy musicals that feature incredibly talented Children and want to smile and laugh and be totally absorbed in the fun!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy fun musicals.

Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if you like elaborate sets, rock music, child actors, and the original School of Rock movie.

Don't see it if you don't like child actors, you want a deep and thought-provoking script, or don't enjoy rock music.

Also All of the children play their own instruments and absolutely OWN them... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny


Don't see it if ROCK IS NOT YOUR THING

Clever, Enchanting, Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if If you are heavily into rock music and are a fan of the movie.

Don't see it if If you absolutely despise rock music.

Funny, Must see, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Great Cast!

Don't see it if you don't like loud music

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great writing

See it if You appreciate how insanely talented children can be

Don't see it if You feel personally attacked by children more talented than yourself

Funny, Must see, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You're familiar with the movie and would love to see it on stage. See it if you love seeing children, very talented, on stage.

Don't see it if You don't care for funny, entertaining, at times loud type of shows.

Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you enjoyed the movie

Don't see it if you can't enjoy the kids ROCKING the stage

Great singing, Entertaining, Must see, Funny

See it if You enjoyed the movie or want to see some amazingly talented young musicians.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of rock music.

Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want to be totally entertained. Great music and the kids playing their instruments is unbelievable! So lively and upbeat!

Don't see it if If you not into rock music.

The kids are brilliant!, Profound, Entertaining, A rocking good time, Great writing

See it if If you are a music lover and like the more rocking side of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Don't see it if If you hate music and kids playing music.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy musicals. It was captivating.

Don't see it if You're tired and not up for a night of just lots of fun and energy.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Must see

See it if You loved the movie.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals with great children singing, acting and playing instruments!!!

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like kids and fun

Don't see it if You're a serious person

Absorbing, Great singing, Funny, Intense, Ambitious

See it if You like kids playing musical instruments

Don't see it if your interested a more serious story

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Amazing talent, Kid actors

See it if you like a great, upbeat, fun show.

Don't see it if if you don't like live music

Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Great staging, Funny

See it if You want to see young gifted and talented artists!

Don't see it if You don't like kids :)

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