School of Rock ★★★★★
If you haven’t heard of ‘School of Rock’ where have you been? The film, originally starring Jack Black as the loveable fool who leaches off his friend while he’s waiting to play in 'Battle of the Bands' somehow manages to get a substitute teaching gig at a prestige school under his friend’s name. He then goes on to form a band with the kids in the class. It all sounds rather insane, but it works.
Released in 2004 the film gained a lot of mix reviews, however, when it was brought to the west end the reviews were great and now having seen it, I can see why.
The cast bring so much energy to the performance, the kids play their own instruments, and just watching the main character Dewey Finn played by Stephen Leask jump around the stage tired me out!
Finn was greatly cast in this role, although his acting was not the best, his voice and control of comedy timing was spot on. Finn jumped around the stage with the greatest of ease and interacted with the children actors in a way that you just don’t see.
The songs are an upbeat tempo, even when you get to that mid-show sad song are the lyrics and score still high, ‘Where did the Rock go’ sung by headteacher Rosalie Mullins (Florence Andrews) was belted out with such passion the hairs on my arms lifted. Andrew vocal range is beautiful, from singing Mozarts Magic Flute to Rock, Andrew’s nails every note.
The kids as well are perfection. I never like watching kids on stage as I find them very pretentious but there was nothing wrong with these kids at all, they were complete professionals and made the experience such an enjoyment for myself and family.
The songs are catchy, especially ‘Stick it to the man’ and the obvious ‘School of Rock’ and the theatre is just perfect for the ending where you feel like you’re having your own personal rock concert.
Perfect for any age, even with a screaming baby in the audience at one point, the cast carried on and didn’t let it phase them.
My only issue now is … when am I booking my next showing?
School of Rock is currently playing at the New London Theatre.