School of Rock – The Musical: Live Review | QPAC | Sunday 14 July 2019

School is in!  Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much anticipated ‘School of Rock – The Musical’ opened at QPAC in Brisbane on the weekend and it is sure to rock your socks off.

Based on the popular 2003 film by the same name starring Jack Black, the musical follows Dewey Finn (Joe Kosky), a failed and freeloading wannabe rockstar, who impersonates his flatmate Ned (John O’Hara) as a substitute teacher at the prestigious prep school Horace Green.

Utilising unorthodox teaching methods, he transforms his class of high achieving, picture-perfect, straight-laced fifth graders into a guitar-shredding, knee-sliding, high-octane rock band.  Their mission was clear: to get to the Battle of the Bands competition.

With a new score from Andrew Lloyd Webber and all of the original songs from the movie,’ School of Rock – The Musical’ features an impressive cast of kids who rock out live with infectious energy and totally steal the show. Sorry adult cast!

Standout songs were the rebel rock anthem ‘Stick It to the Man’,  the heartstring-tugger ‘If Only You Would Listen’ performed by the kids,  the power ballad ‘Where Did the Rock Go?’ performed by Headmistress Rosalie (Amy Lehpamer) and ‘Amazing Grace’ performed by student Tomika (Chihana Perera).

The absolute highlight of the performance was, of course, the Battle of the Bands competition, and as the parents appeared under the spotlight in the wings of the audience, our collective chants were roof-raising as we cheered on their kids to win the battle.

‘School of Rock – The Musical’ is a foot-stomping, fabulous, feel-good musical that will leave the whole family feeling uplifted and empowered by the force of music.

The season at QPAC runs until Sunday 18 August and if previous seasons are anything to go by it will be sure to sell out.  There are evening and matinee performances to choose from and you can purchase your tickets here.  Don’t miss out on this one.

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