School of Rock - The Musical (NYC)
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School of Rock - The Musical (NYC)
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School of Rock - The Musical (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(3148 Ratings)
Positive
94%
Mixed
5%
Negative
1%
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.

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56 Reviews | 2 Followers
100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are into a fun, rollicking (and rocking) time at the theater. It's fun and inventive. And the kids are amazing.

Don't see it if You want a more serious theater-going experience.

57 Reviews | 4 Followers
100
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

134 Reviews | 15 Followers
100
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!!

183 Reviews | 36 Followers
100
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.

140 Reviews | 39 Followers
100
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. Read more

75 Reviews | 18 Followers
100
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.

65 Reviews | 8 Followers
100
Enchanting, Exquisite, Delightful, Entertaining, Must see

See it if Love to see talented kids do their thing

Don't see it if You don't like 80s music

83 Reviews | 13 Followers
100
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You like light-hearted shows and are ready to be amazed by the child actors (who play their own instruments!)

Don't see it if You want deep meaning... This is kind of fluffy entertainment.

Critic Reviews (62)

The New York Times
December 6th, 2015

"'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."
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Time Out New York
December 6th, 2015

"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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
December 6th, 2015

"'School of Rock' has a fair amount to offer...The kids are terrific: They sing very well and play their own instruments…Webber grabs whatever tropes seem handy, from power to glitter to punk, garbling our understanding of Dewey’s inner soundscape...Anyway, Lloyd Webber isn’t the problem.The problem is what the point is, and that falls on Fellowes, who has not resolved, but rather exposed, the confusions latent in the material."
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The Wall Street Journal
December 9th, 2015

"Turning 'School of Rock' into a musical isn’t the worst idea in the world, and if you need a safe, undemanding show to take your baby-boom parents to see over the holidays, it’ll do perfectly fine—but if that sounds like lukewarm praise, it is...I’ve seen worse and so have you...Just be forewarned: This is the kind of musical that sends you home wanting to rent the movie. I don’t know about you, but that’s not why I go to the theater."
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Deadline
December 6th, 2015

"Exuberantly loud, high-spirited and upbeat...While none of the songs is equal to Webber’s best they’re more than good enough...The show mirrors a little too baldly the 'Kinky Boots' thing of having a nasty bitch of a fiancée drive the plot, and the stereotyping of the boy-who-would-be costume designer is de trop. These are not small issues, but they’re subsumed by the fact that this is a fable…You may have forgotten all of it before you leave, but you will be leaving with a big smile."
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New York Daily News
December 6th, 2015

"The impressively pedigreed creative team of this wildly energetic but uneven show hews close to the source…Most of the new songs tend to be just okay at best. Kids singing about parents who ignore them for them feels generic. And at many points during Act I, the music is just too loud for its own good, suppressing what may be decent lyrics under amplified purple haze…The show wants to rock your socks off, but it just moves in fits and starts and feels labored."
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Variety
December 6th, 2015

"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."
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The Hollywood Reporter
December 6th, 2015

"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."
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