It's hard to imagine a project where Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber and comedian Jack Black coexist. But there was something about Black's 2003 film, "School of Rock" — about failed rock musician-turned-prep school substitute teacher Dewey Finn and his rock band of fifth graders — that caught Webber's attention. In 2013, Webber rewrote the music, with book and lyrics by Julian Fellowes ("Downton Abbey") and Glenn Slater ("Sister Act"), and "School of Rock" the stage musical opened on Broadway in December 2015. On September 30, its first-ever national tour — featuring a cast of youngsters playing instruments live on stage — will kick off in Rochester.
"School of Rock" will be performed Saturday, September 30, 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 1, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, October 3, through Thursday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.; Friday October 6, 8 p.m.; and Saturday, October 7, 2 p.m. Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main Street. Tickets start at $38. 222-5000; rbtl.org.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article has been updated to correct the performance dates.