Broadway producer extraordinaire Andrew Lloyd Webber is adapting the 2003 film School of Rock for the stage. He announced the project in an interview with CBC Radio and said he might even write a few songs himself for the show.
The movie starred Jack Black as a substitute teacher who teacher his private school students to play rock music so he can win a Battle of the Bands against his bandmates who kicked him out of the group.
School of Rock did pretty well commercially and critically, and Black was even nominated for a Golden Globe.
Webber is a seven-time Tony Award winner (he also has an Oscar and three Grammys) who wrote the music for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, and The Phantom of the Opera, which is the longest-running Broadway musical ever.
"Another thing that I've just got the rights to that I am very excited about but will obviously not be—there may be songs for me in it, but it's obviously got songs in it as it stands—is that movie School of Rock," he said. "So, I will go from Stephen Ward, which is really going to be sort of a chamber musical, to a musical about kids playing the guitar!"
His current project, Stephen Ward, is about the 1963 prostitution scandal that brought down the Prime Minister of England. Needless to say, those are two very different topics.
Webber's shows often feature mostly singing, with very little (if any) dialogue, but it's not clear if School of Rock would stay true to its movie roots. You can listen to his CBC interview here.
[via Broadway World]