Four & five stars for London's School of Rock the Musical

Four & five stars for London's School of Rock the Musical

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    Andrew Lloyd Webber's brand new musical School Of Rock opened last night at the New London Theatre to five star reviews from The Telegraph and Daily Mail, and four stars from The Guardian, Evening Standard, Daily Mirror, The Stage, Independent and The Times.

    Dominic Cavendish, of The Telegraph gave School Of Rock five stars, calling it "the most enjoyable few hours money can buy". He praised the cast; "David Fynn is terrific as the chaotic-charismatic man-child... Everyone plays their part to perfection, aided by tightly drilled, pencil-sharp choreography from Joann M Hunter. At the performance I caught, lanky Oscar Francisco as keyboard-whiz Lawrence, Toby Lee, impressive on electric guitar as Zack, and Amma Ris, with a roof-raising rendition of Amazing Grace as the shy Tomika, made you feel weirdly like the proudest parent."

    The Daily Mail's Quentin Letts also gave School Of Rock five stars, calling it "a lesson in musical fun... a rooty-tooty, rock-pumpin’ effort with not a single, warbling ballad to be found... Imagine the Roald Dahl musical Matilda on speed and you may start to picture it... Terrific fun."

    The Guardian's Michael Billington gave the show four stars, calling it "Lloyd Webber's most exuberant show in years - and, at a time of general gloom, is dedicated to the great cause of cheering us all up."

    Henry Hitching of the Evening Standard gave it four stars, declaring "Lloyd Webber has a hit on his hands with this fresh and charming musical... With an exuberant silliness that feels like a seasonal tonic, this is a big-hearted, family-friendly show."

    With another four stars, Rod McPhee of the Daily Mirror wrote, "This musical is full of fun and energy and has a universal appeal which could make School Of Rock a West End smash. David Fynn is superb [and] the children, who all play the instruments live, are simply phenomenal."

    Mark Shenton of The Stage also gave School Of Rock four stars; "Lloyd Webber goes back to his rock roots and produces his freshest musical in years... All the children play their instruments live, including (at the performance reviewed) Toby Lee on electric guitar, Jude Karper-Wrobel on drums, Selma Hansen on bass and Oscar Francisco on keyboards. They are as quirky as they are individual, and I defy anyone not watch them rock without breaking into a great big smile... David Fynn is perfectly cast - a powerhouse of rock and comedy energy, with a lovable, unforced physicality. Florence Andrews shows off a great operatic voice as head teacher Rosalie Mullins, who harbours a secret passion for Stevie Nicks."

    With another four stars The Independent's Paul Taylor said, "The kids are an absolute joy in this ridiculously entertaining new show... A quirky hoot with a heart, a fable about the empowering force of music that crackles with mischief and sly irreverence – and it’s clear that the material strikes some deep chord within Lloyd Webber who has here composed his happiest and most confident score in a long while."

    He continued, "David Fynn is bliss as Dewey. In a performance of explosive energy and scapegrace charm, he shows you a shaggy free-loading slob who turns into a man possessed when promulgating the gospel of rock, replete with frenzied flourishes of guitar-shredding zeal... from Toby Lee as the face-melting guitar genius Zack to Amma Ris as Tomika who emerges from her shell with a shockingly good “Amazing Grace”; from Oscar Franciso as Lawrence, the gluten-intolerant loner who becomes a cool dude on the keyboards, to Logan Walmsley as the flamboyant, design-mad Billy who, to fool his father, reads Vogue wrapped inside the cover of Sports Illustrated... they deserve to be showered with gold stars."

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