Melbourne’s iconic Her Majesty’s Theatre was filled with an infectious, buzzing energy on Friday night as the highly anticipated rock musical School of Rock premiered on its stage. If you think it sounds like a show just for the kids – think again! School of Rock is full of musical talent, humour and the right amount of rock ‘n’ roll to entertain audiences of any age.
The popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical (based on the hit movie by the same name), follows Dewey Finn (Brent Hill), a wannabe rock star who poses as his nerdy best friend and acts as a substitute teacher at the prestigious Horace Green school to make a bit of cash for himself. During his time at Horace Green, Dewey manages to turn an entire class of A-grade students into a rock band, with hopes of them competing in a Battle of the Bands contest to make his dreams come true.
With an exceptionally talented cast of adults and children, the show was captivating from its very opening number – the hilarious, 80s-inspired ‘I’m Too Hot For You’ played by the show’s rock band No Vacancy. Brent Hill is also perfectly cast in the role as Dewey – he is frenetic and comical throughout the show and the crowd loved every minute!
Some memorable numbers on the night included the high-energy performances of ‘You’re in the Band’ and ‘Stick it to the Man’ played by Dewey and the students and the magnificent vocals in ‘Where Did the Rock Go?’, sung by the school’s Headmistress Rosalie Mullins played by the talented Amy Lehpamer (another excellent casting choice!)
There were far too many talented kids rocking on stage to mention them all, but a crowd favourite was Zack (Jayden Tatasciore) who so endearingly rocked out on his guitar despite it being almost double his size and Billy (Lenny Thomas) whose talents as a comedic actor go way beyond his eleven years. The stunning acapella performance of Amazing Grace was also a highlight,sung by the gorgeous and captivating Tomika (Cihana Perera).
There will be three different casts of children performing throughout the Melbourne run. They even play the instruments live on stage! School of Rock is exuberant, funny and uplifting and is sure to be a memorable hit for all Melbourne audiences.
School of Rock will play at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne until Friday February 1st2019