‘School of Rock: The Musical” shows off kid musicians. The Broadway tour is heading to Durham.
‘School of Rock: The Musical” shows off kid musicians. The Broadway tour is heading to Durham.

Entertainment

‘School of Rock’ sticks it to the man. Soon you can catch it here

By Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan

dvaughan@heraldsun.com

September 08, 2017 06:00 AM

UPDATED September 10, 2017 03:03 PM

NEW YORK

If you’ve ever wanted to stick it to the man in a rock ’n’ roll way, “School of Rock: The Musical” has got you.

“School of Rock” is the musical based on the Jack Black movie about a failed musician who passes himself off as a substitute teacher and forms a rock band with students at a fancy prep school. It’s playing on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre and is coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center on tour the week after Thanksgiving.

The best part of the production in New York hands down is the kid musicians, who are all playing those instruments for real, not just as their characters. Electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and keyboards are all played with rock ’n’ roll fervor. The greatest song of the show is of course, “Stick It To the Man.”

While the actors are about late elementary and middle school age, there is some language in the show that parents might not want younger kids to hear. On Broadway, Justin Collette as Dewey in three performances a week embodies the wacky humor of Jack Black. Dewey teaches the kids how to rock out on their instruments as well as break out of the roles their parents want them to be.

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“School of Rock” is a funny, fast show that is a rocking addition to the upcoming DPAC season.

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: 919-419-6563, @dawnbvaughan

GO & DO:

WHAT: “School of Rock”

WHEN: Nov. 28-Dec. 3

WHERE: Durham Performing Arts Center

123 Vivian St., Durham

TICKETS: dpacnc.com

HOW TO BUY DPAC BROADWAY TICKETS:

Season seat membership sales for 2017-18 have ended, but you can still get tickets for individual shows this season at dpacnc.com or the DPAC box office at 123 Vivian St. in downtown Durham. In early 2018, the 2018-19 season will be announced. The Broadway smash “Hamilton” has already been announced as coming to DPAC in 2018 as part of that season.

Here’s the schedule of Broadway tours coming to DPAC:

▪ Circus 1903” Sept. 26-Oct. 1

▪ The Little Mermaid” Oct. 17-22

▪ Love Never Dies” Oct. 31-Nov. 5

▪ School of Rock” Nov. 28-Dec. 3

▪ On Your Feet!” Jan. 2-7

▪ Les Miserables” Jan. 30-Feb. 4

▪ RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles” Feb. 23-24

▪ The Phantom of the Opera” Feb. 28-March 11

▪ The Color Purple” April 3-8

▪ The Sound of Music” April 20-22

▪ Waitress” May 1-6