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School of Rock Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.8 Stars)

Number of reviews: 28

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5.0 star rating Eric Ryan from Chicago, Illinois

GREAT SHOW - GREATER PERFORMANCES

This was one of the coolest shows I've seen in a very long time. The cast were FRIGGEN AMAZING! Everyone played their own instruments live on stage. The kids in the show we're beyond outstanding. I could have sworn Jack Black was playing the lead role. Take the kids, take Grandma, take a seat and enjoy! Holly Crap, go see this show and... STICK IT TO THE MAN!!!

4.0 star rating Joseph Nicholas from Rochester, New York

LOVED IT

Kids, female lead outstanding- production fun and rocking

4.0 star rating Vincent from Toronto, Ontario

WHAT’S COOL AND WHAT’S NOT COOL.

The kids in this play are what’s cool. The kids play their instruments and they play well. There is one little girl who sings- Grier Burke, who brings the house down! She had people flipping through their playbills after hearing her belt. The woman who plays Ms. Mullins was AMAZING! What was not cool - the Dewey Finn character. Merritt J. You couldn’t understand a word he said! His vocals weren’t the best. I’d really like to see the kids again but couldn’t stomach seeing him again.

3.0 star rating G from Toronto, Ontario

WORSE THEN THE MOVIE

Not a fan of Jack Black in any venue, however he was stellar compared to the Mirvish production lead. The kids unfortunately, had mostly terrible music and lyrics to sing. Much differed from movie. Not memorable. Stilted over acting. Disappointed. See Charlie and the Chocolate Factory instead for some amazing talent.

2.0 star rating Mike Ranieri from Toronto, Ontario

LACKING CHARM

So, I saw "School of Rock" on Thursday. I quite like this movie but any charm the movie has is lost in the musical. The main problem is the script. It rushes through the plot points to get to the musical numbers. But except for the songs that are featured in the original movie the rest are instantly forgettable. And I couldn’t understand a word anyone was saying as they screamed out all the innocuous rock lyrics. I mean, this is a musical and the songs are supposed to help tell the story. What good are they if you can’t hear the words? As for the problems with the story, well, the premise is that the kids are shy and awkward, but the first time you see them they are singing and dancing (and moving their desks) all over the place. It’s great that the kids all play their own instruments but progression from nerds to rockers is just too short to be effective. The lead tries his best to be Jack Black but again there is just not enough story verses the frantic musical numbers to get to know the guy. The only charm he or any of the other characters have is remembering what they were in the movie. Some movies do work as musical and even exceed their originals but this ain’t one of them. I’d give it a pass!

1.0 star rating Margie from San Diego, California

DISAPPOINTED

This would be an excellent Youth Theatre production but we were disappointed viewing this as part of our season's ticket offerings at the San Diego Civic Theatre. The kids were cute but the cliche story was ho hum predictable and the acting was mediocre. When a retired couple is spending $150+ for a highly anticipated evening of entertainment we just wanted more than what seemed to be us watching our grandchildren in their school performance. Sorry, thanks for your efforts but thumbs down.

1.0 star rating Lee Thompson from Los Angeles, California

FUN BUT FORGETTABLE

Schools of Rack at the Pantages was a huge disappointment despite extremely talented youngsters and wonderful vocals by Lexi Dorsett Sharp. The same can not be said for the rest of the singing cast. This is a cliche, predictable story and Lloyd Weber's music is, well, lame. There are no memorable songs you sing or hum on the way out of the theatre. Choreography? None, just everyone jumping up and down and one poor little girll who looked like she was trying to shake her pony tail off her head. Sets, lighting, and special effects were superb! But the sound system sucked; everyone sounded high pitched and screechy. The show opens with a heavy metal band on stage (think Aerosmith) but instead of heavy metal rock they limp through what I can only call a lame Lloyd Weber sort of ballad. Personally, I do not hate anyone enough to recommend this show to them. Very disappointing, despite the kids. It wasnt their fault.

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