Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed on CBC radio that he plans to adapt the 2003 comedy School of Rock into his next stage musical.
Known for several award-winning hits such as The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, the British composer and songwriter recently acquired the rights to School of Rock. He informed CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi that he excitedly looks forward to the project, which will possibly include additional Lloyd Webber musical numbers.
“There may be songs for me in it, but it’s obviously got songs in it as it stands,” Lloyd Webber explained.
Starring Jack Black, School of Rock tells the story of broke wannabe rock star Dewey Finn that becomes a substitue teacher at a prep school and teaches his students music in order to compete in a local battle of the bands. The soundtrack includes a variety of classic rock legends with The Who, Led Zeppelin and Cream as well as a cover of AC/DC’s “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)” by Finn’s band of fifth-graders.
Lloyd Webber recently completed his latest project about Stephen Ward, a central figure in the Profumo affair scandal. To explain his sporadic schedule, Lloyd Webber humorously stated, “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!”