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School Of Rock Review – Newcastle Theatre Royal

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School Of Rock Review – Newcastle Theatre Royal


Jake Sharp gets the band back together at the Newcastle Theatre Royal this week as he plays the lead role of Dewey Finn and sticks it to the man! 

For those that have never seen this it’s based on the hilarious hit movie starring Jack Black of the same name. This new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band – sensationally performed live by the production’s young actors every night with roof-raising energy.

Featuring new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and all the original songs from the movie, this high-octane smash delivers face-melting guitar riffs and touching romance in equally awesome doses.

I have to say this show was absolute fun! If you want an education in finding the music inside you and sticking it to the man at the same time, this is it. 

Jake Sharp is fabulous as lazy, immature, crass dreamer and slob come substitute teacher. Throughout the show he brought great humour through a collection of jokes, mannerisms and general demeanour. He was believable, and just the type of believer in rock that could inspire anyone to join the band.  He had previously performed the role in the West End which shows in his familiarity to the role and great performance. His voice also suited the score and was enjoyable to listen too.

This show however is made by the children in the class, and all as one of three incredibly talented teams of twelve children who perform live alongside Dewey each night they do it fantastically. Let it be noted also that these children play the instruments too, guitars, drums and keys alike! They showed they have more talent at their young age now than I do at my ripe old age. 

Sadly I’m not sure which group performed tonight so cant put their name in print, however every single one was able to bring humour, performance and great voices (especially the roles of Summer and Tomika). I also loved the performance of stylist Billy. 

For all the jokes, this show does touch on vulnerability. From Dewey’s own lonely existence and dreams to the children’s situations at home and our headteacher Rosalie Mullins who remembers the person she once was, which was be quite touching.

If this show was enjoyable enough already, it was the ending that had me rocking away. I loved that they turned the theatre into a scene from the show and immersed the audience into it. 

If you get the chance make sure you join the class of The School Of Rock and be inspired! It is a family fun show with a a great feel good factor!

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