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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: “School of Rock – The Musical” Offers a Rockin’ Good Time!

Jun 29, 2018
by Russ Mowrer
Based on the hit film, Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber’s high-octane “School of Rock – The Musical” is a humorous new musical that rocks the roof off the SHN Orpheum Theatre (1192 Market Street) in San Francisco, currently playing through July 22, 2018.

This exuberant, feel-good stage production follows Dewey Finn (Rob Colletti), a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. It is there that he discovers his student’s musical talents, and he decides to turns a class of top-tier students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band and conquer the Battle of the Bands. While teaching these students what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s good-looking, but uptight headmistress (Lexie Dorsett Sharp as Rosalie), helping her rediscover the wild child within.

Other cast members that deserve high accolades include Matt Bittner as Ned, Emily Borromeo as Patty, Deidre Lang as Ms. Sheinkopf, Olivia Bucknor as Shonelle, Theodora Silverman as Katie, Alyssa Emily Marvin as Marcy, Carson Hodges as Mason, Grier Burke as Tomika, Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton as Freddy, Vincent Molden as Zack, Huxley Westemeier as Billy, Theo Mitchell-Penner as Lawrence, and Iara Nemirovsky as Summer.

The scenic and costume design (by Anna Louizos) as well as the lighting (Natasha Katz) and sound design (Mick Potter) are outstanding.

Needless to say, the highlight of this high-octane production features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, and all the original songs from the movie. The kids on stage are actually playing their instruments live on stage. Awesome!

Tickets are on sale through shnsf.com or by calling 888-746-1799.

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Photo caption: The cast of the “School of Rock” tour. (Photo credit: Matthew Murphy)


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