Andrew Lloyd Webber says it’s a “strong possibility” that he’ll premiere his latest tuner, the previously reported stage adaptation of School of Rock, on the Great White Way instead of the West End. It would mark the first time he has done so since Jesus Christ Superstar in 1971. According to The Telegraph, it could head to Broadway first in 2016 because of the “American subject” matter and the U.K.’s tougher laws about child actors.
“It’s much easier to cast children in New York than it is here [London],” said Lloyd Webber. The composer also revealed that he’ll be using some of the original songs featured in the movie but that “you can’t do heavy metal for hours and hours in the theatre—everyone would be screaming. So they have to be theatrical songs too.” The show isn’t a sure thing though: "I may just pass on it if I feel it isn't working.”
The 2003 movie School of Rock starred Jack Black as wannabe rock star Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.