Reviews of School of Rock at Palace Theater, Manchester

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SCHOOL is over … and nothing can stop the chaos in the classroom when the School of Rock roars on the stage at the Palace Theater.

From the breath of the first power chord, you know these Christmas cobwebs are going to take your breath away.

The musical version of the iconic 2004 film is another Andrew Lloyd Webber triumph, proving he can turn to anything with this fresh, powerful, and exhilarating tale of failed rock guitarist Dewey Finn making his way through a private school and rampaging (Bat Out Of) Hell on the well-heeled students.

Aided by their natural abilities and discipline, Dewey unleashes all of his rocking potential – and his as he finally finds the purpose in life he so missed amidst all the hangovers, fast food frenzy and routines. questionable personal hygiene.

Having a sympathetic leader who manages to live up to the force of nature that is Jack Black in the original film is key to the success of the series and Alex Tomkins (playing the lead role on opening night) effortlessly fills the brief – funny, charismatic, believable and of course, musically haunting.

The real stars are, as it should always be in any school production, the children. A remarkable cast of actors, dancers and musicians, all – as Lord Lloyd Webber’s disembodied voice tells us at the start – playing their own instruments. The future of rock is in good hands and the timing of comedy is as tight as the band they are forming.

Runcorn and Widnes World:

While staying true to the plot of the original, the musical bravely eschews the teaching of standard rock classics that convey the film’s classroom scenes. Aside from a brief and inevitable explosion of the Smoke On The Water riff, the musical sequences are all based on original compositions – but neither the energy nor the impact suffers.

Of course, Lloyd Webber will always have room for a few ballads to give a more thoughtful impression of the chaos, especially a touching scene when headmistress Miss Mullins (played by the incredibly talented Rebecca Lock) recalls her own Stevie Nicks. inspired climax.

It’s truly a musical for everyone, taking the warmth, humor, and energy of the original work and cranking it up to 11, with the entire audience standing cheering at the end.

School Of Rock – a real class number.

The show runs until January 15. For tickets Click here


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