Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

School of Rock - The Musical (NYC)

From 3,052 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)

Member Reviews (3052)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Clever
85
Avg Score

80
Entertaining, Delightful, Family fare, Polished, Fun

See it if you liked the movie. SOR is energetic fun for children of all ages. The kids steal the show with their singing, dancing and music-making.

Don't see it if you want to preserve your eardrums. Too loud! Meh message about bad parents who don't listen or truly care.

93
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Great singing

See it if You liked the movie you will love this show. If you didn't see the movie you will like this show. This show rocks!

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie.

88
Entertaining

See it if you just want to have fun and don't want to read too deeply into its essence.

Don't see it if you prefer avant-garde theatre.

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like music, quick paced entertainment.

Don't see it if If you don't children on stage.

80
Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny

See it if Beautiful theater.. Some great young talent. Dewey (Andrew Kober) does a fantastic job. Large cast. Closing soon. Catch it now

Don't see it if If rock is not for you..If kids (13 in the cast) performing are not your thing Note: It is not Phantom nor Les Miz. nor Hamilton but what is

70
Fun, Engaging, Cliched, Great music, Infectious

See it if you like a fun musical comedy that doesn't ask you to think too hard (and doesn't really hold together if you think too much).

Don't see it if you can't handle child performers.

77
Entertaining, Family-friendly, Frivolous, Innocuous

See it if you want to enjoy talented kids (who aren't run-of-the-mill, shrill stage children); you want a very faithful musical adaptation of the film

Don't see it if you expect to rock (the music's MOR), seek something consequential, want a memorable ALW score, or hope for an original take on the movie.

85
Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if Totally entertaining adaptation of hit movie. Super-nova performance by Brightman (& kids) always compensates for average music/lyrics

Don't see it if Expecting top-notch ALW or a better version of Jack Black; loud rock music or happy endings are not your thing

86
Entertaining, Enchanting, Refreshing, Funny, Indulgent

See it if you're a fan of the film, you enjoy talented children doing marvelous things, want to see something quite different by Webber

Don't see it if you expect serious content in musicals, you don't like loud rock music, 20-somethings behaving badly are not your thing, children irk you

65
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Dizzying

See it if you like kids and rock music...at the same time.

Don't see it if you don't like loud music (where you can't hear the words). The show is cliched & confused. It panders to kids, but uses words like "bitch."

81
More hilarious than source movie, alex brightman funnier, more talented than jack black

See it if /for hyper-kinetic, antic performance by Brightman, droll/sharp book by Julian Fellowes, super-talented kid musicians, audience loved it!

Don't see it if climactic music is "folky" drivel not rock, predictable plot (loser wins, gets girl); still the best kid-friendly musical on Bdway

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Great acting

See it if You want a family show good for older and younger kids that isn't too fluffy.

Don't see it if You're interested in more dramatic fare.

68
Insipid, Overrated, Fluffy, Fun

See it if You have kids who might like it. Alex Brightman does a great job as do the kids in it.

Don't see it if You don't like loud shows. This one is LOUD!!

50
Overrated, Dizzying, Cliched, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You can't miss an A L Webber show, even a mediocre one.

Don't see it if don't like being blasted out of your seat by over amped screeching instrumentals and vocals. I had to put earplugs in to deaden the noise.

80
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if are looking for family-friendly entertainment.

Don't see it if you can't stand kids or rock music.

88
Adorable, touching, super fun, a wee bit forced

See it if you love incredibly talented kids & a tad formulaic but very catchy score by the legendary Lloyd Webber, and enjoyed the Jack Black movie.

Don't see it if you want a traditional musical, have a problem with mildly racy language & don't like your musicals LOUD w/ a slightly forced love story.

82
Entertaining, Cute, Charming, Funny

See it if you're looking for a family show which is a little more mature than Aladdin/Lion King, you enjoy light humor and a charming cast

Don't see it if you don't want to go to a show with many young children in the audience, you did not like the movie or a cute but somewhat cheesy plot

69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Admired the cheek of the piece, disappointed by the book & score & direction that were less than they should be, kids excel in their roles, adults try to make up for what isn't in the writing

See it if liked the film and enjoy talented kids on stage

Don't see it if didn't like the film & expect more from the writing team

51
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if you have a kid who loved the movie and you can't help it. Bring ear plugs.

Don't see it if you want to see a good musical.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you want to see excellent young musicians and a surprising romantic story.

Don't see it if you want to see a tought-provoking serious drama.

90
Must see, Refreshing, Electric, Fun

See it if you want to witness extremely multi-talented children singing, dancing, and playing instruments.

Don't see it if you're not into shows that cater to families.

79
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like seeing very talented children, laugh and have fun - a new version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and I like it!

Don't see it if you want a more serious story or hated the movie

80
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if Enjoy light entertainment, rock music, talented young performers.

Don't see it if You dislike Webber, rock music or silly stories

79
Cliched, Fun, High energy

See it if you want to hear an atypical Andrew Lloyd Webber score; see some very talented kid singer/musicians & an exuberant, energetic cast.

Don't see it if you don't care for loud rock music or child performers.

Also I enjoyed it more than I expected to & my 13 year old nephew loved it.

85
Delightful, Funny, Cliched, Refreshing, Fluffy

See it if you liked the movie or can enjoy a show based on a mediocre film primarily because it is performed with spirit & heart from its young actors

Don't see it if you need more substance and less fluff from the shows you see.


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 ...
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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...
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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 prob...
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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...
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