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CASTING BEGINS FOR “SCHOOL OF ROCK”

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MASSIVE OPEN CALL FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS BEING HELD ON STAGE AT BROADWAY’S WINTER GARDEN THEATRE SATURDAY, JANUARY 24

ADDITIONAL OPEN CALLS PLANNED IN LOS ANGELES AND CHICAGO

New York (January 9, 2015) –  School of Rock—The Musical is launching a coast-to-coast search for its new, Broadway-bound class of pint-sized rock stars, offering the once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the most famous kid band of all time.  A massive open casting call will take place in New York on Saturday, January 24 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway), on the stage where the show is set to have its world premiere later this year.  Additional open casting calls for young performers will take place in Los Angeles on January 17 at Screenland Studios (10501 Burbank Blvd.) and Chicago on Saturday, January 24 at Actor’s Equity Association (557 W. Randolph Street).  All open calls begin at 10:00 a.m. (local time), with sign-in at 9:00 a.m.

When the production was first announced last month, Andrew Lloyd Webber said “School Of Rock is hugely about how music can empower kid. … It will be a joy to discover and work with talented musical kids in the USA and, who knows, maybe discover a rock star or three of the next generation.”

 For additional information, please visit: www.schoolofrockthemusical.com/auditions.

 Hopefuls, aged 9-15, should bring a picture and resume (if available) and a pop/rock song he/she loves to sing.  (An accompanist will be provided.)  Hopefuls that play guitar, bass, or cello are encouraged to bring along their instruments and be prepared to rock out!  Hopefuls that play the piano should prepare a rocking tune, and hopefuls that play the drums are encouraged to bring along their sticks.

There will also be an open casting call for the role of Dewey (late 20’s t0 30’s: “an original guy with a high pop/rock voice”) in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. (sign-in at 1:00 p.m.)  Dewey hopefuls should bring a picture and resume (if available), and those who play guitar or bass are encouraged to bring along their instruments and be prepared to rock out!

As previously announced, School of Rock—The Musical will have its world premiere on Broadway later this year.  Previews will begin on Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an opening set for Sunday, December 6.  Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock will feature music from the movie, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Julian FellowesSchool of Rock—The Musical will be directed by Laurence Connor (currently represented on Broadway by Les Miserables).

In School of Rock—The Musical, down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.

School of Rock—The Musical will feature Choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, Scenic and Costume Design by Anna Louizos, Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Sound Design by Mick Potter, and Music Supervision by Ethan Popp.

School of Rock—The Musical is produced on Broadway by The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization.  Nina Lannan serves as Executive Producer.

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