–By Jen Cunningham
“School of Rock” and class is in session.
I try really hard to be objective when I write. WARNING this review is NOT one of those pieces.
“School of Rock” is the MOST ENTERTAINING musical I have ever seen!
I’m not sure if its obvious by my endless sharing of the link on my personal page, but I am in LOVE with this production.
Rob Colletti, you melted my heart in your rendition of Dewey, who is also pretending to be Ned Schneebly.
Dewey is a musician that finds himself kicked out of his band and desperate to make rent. Sitting on the couch of the real Ned Schneebly, he accidentally intercepts a call from Horace Green Preparatory School, that offers Ned $950 per week to be a substitute for the rest of the year.
In shock by the amount offered per week, Ned, I mean Dewey, accepts the position at Horace Green.
No one expected the education they received from Mr. Schneebly and he didn’t expect the education he ended up getting from them either.
From the beginning of the number “You’re in the Band” you can tell that Mr. Schneebly has a special connection with the children that no one else has. In the number “If Only You Would Listen” you begin to see that all of these children have something in common. While they all have parents that only want the best for them, they also have children so busy TRYING to provide for them, that they are forgetting to slow down to stop and listen.
How does the unorthodox teacher help these children over come their heartache? He teaches them to channel it into their music during the shows iconic number “Stick It to the Man”.
In act 2 not only has Mr. Schneebly had a positive impact on the students, he now seems to be wearing down the schools rigid principal Rosalie(played by Lexie Dorsett Sharp).
Rosalie sheds her dry exterior over a drink and a little Stevie Nicks. Where she confesses that striving for perfection has turned her into a real B#$%@.
Lexie gets to show off her powerhouse voice in a power ballad “Where Did the Rock Go?” a ballad explaining how she’s lost herself striving for perfection. A song bound to resonate with many.
How will it all end for the School of Rock? Grab your tickets and find out! Get your tickets now at Metrotix.com, or at The Fabulous Fox box office.
The show runs at the Fabulous Fox now through January 28. Show times are Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30p.m., Saturday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m. There will also be an evening performance on Sunday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. and a matinee on Thursday January 25th at 1 p.m.