“Someone up there in cyberspace has intimated that you might be interested in an invitation to a rather unusual theater event,” Lloyd Webber writes in the email, according to today’s New York Times.
Is this the social networking way of mounting future Broadway musicals? Instead of out-of-town tryouts we will have in-town invite-only stagings? The first of “these occasional performances” are scheduled Wednesday through Saturday (June 3-6).
According to the Times, Lloyd Webber said the purpose of these shows was “seeing how it all lands. That’s the adventure, really, to discover.”
The show is based on the 2003 Jack Black movie about a substitute teacher who turns students into a rock combo for a battle of the bands. It’s directed by Laurence Connor (“Les Misérables”) and retains three songs from the film with about 12 new songs with music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Glenn Slater (“Tangled,” “Sister Act”). Believe it or not, the book is by Julian Fellowes, the creator of “Downton Abbey.”
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