Movies are very rarely made better when they are turned into Broadway musicals. In the case of School of Rock, onstage at Overture Center through November 25, the premise had a much better headstart than most screen-to-stage ventures.
First, it’s already about music. More precisely it’s about Dewey Finn a washed-up, wannabe heavy metal guitarist whose only real goal is to win the $20,000 prize in a local battle of the bands contest. It’s also about a pack of elitist, straight-laced kids who need more rebel yell in their lives and less scheduling from their high-pressure parents. And seeing nine year-olds discover the power of music to express deep emotions is fun, particularly when they connect to their inner Ozzy Osbourne by picking up an electric bass or guitar and playing their little hearts out — for real. Plus, kid-centered musicals like Billy Elliot, Matilda, Willy Wonka, and revivals of Annie have struck box office gold in recent years. Why not put a dozen instrument wielding kids onstage and see what happens? Read More