'School of Rock' to End Broadway Term

Tristram Kenton
'School of Rock'

Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage adaptation of the antic Jack Black screen comedy will wrap its successful Broadway run Jan. 20 after more than three years.

School's out.

Concluding a hit run that has grossed more than $137 million to date, School of Rock — the stage musical based on the 2003 Paramount comedy starring Jack Black and directed by Richard Linklater — will end its Broadway run of more than three years, scheduling its final performance at the Winter Garden Theatre for Jan. 20.

Featuring a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Julian Fellowes based on Mike White's screenplay, the show proved a disarming success with New York critics and has been a steady audience draw ever since its Dec. 6, 2015, opening.

The comedy follows failed rock star Dewey Finn as he fakes his way into a substitute teaching position in order to earn rent money and then makes over a class of buttoned-up, straight-A prep school students into badass rock prodigies. The production has featured an impressive lineup of teen and preteen musicians playing live onstage throughout its run.

Produced by Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization and The Nederlander Organization, the musical only recently has begun to show signs of slowing down at the box office, last week playing to just 64 percent of its gross potential with a still relatively healthy tally of $929,422.

School of Rock was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including best musical, book, score and lead actor Alex Brightman.

Directed by Laurence Connor, the production continues to play on London's West End, where it opened a year after Broadway; and on the U.S. national tour that launched last September. It will begin an extended sit-down run at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, in October before touring Asia.

In addition to those professional productions, the show has been available for youth performance groups and schools through R&H Theatricals since before the Broadway opening. It has been staged by approximately 1,000 schools around the world to date.

By the time it closes, School of Rock will have played 31 previews and 1,307 performances at the 1,526-seat Winter Garden, where the original production of Lloyd Webber's Cats had a historic 18-year run, beginning in 1982. The exit creates a plum vacancy likely to be pounced on before the end of the 2018-19 season by a large-scale incoming musical production.

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