For many months now, it has been impossible for fans of musical theatre to see a show performed live due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and there is no indication of when it would be possible to do so again. This is due to financial reasons and the need for producers to fill a theatre, as well as a show schedule needing to be lined up with auditions and rehearsals in-place. We will surely get back to that point, it is just a matter of when.
At the end of 2019 on The Otaku’s Study, I ran a Photographic Retrospective series around photography and videos I had taken at numerous stage show media calls since 2015. If you need something to scratch your itch for a musical number, reminisce about your favourite show, or enjoy a well-designed set; I strongly encourage you to check out.
While I was able to attend many media calls with professional equipment in tow, there were some I attended with only a mobile phone in tow – more to get a sense of the show rather than inclusion in a review or some other form of content. The quality of these clips are average, and were not initially planned for inclusion in the Photographic Retrospective. However, if you find yourself needing a bit of a theatrical pick-me-up this afternoon, then be sure to give them a watch.
The latest of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals, School of Rock The Musical is an adaptation of the 2003 comedy-musical School of Rock which most notably featured Jack Black. From 2018-2019, the show was toured across Australia, featuring Brent Hill in the lead role of Dewey Finn, complemented by Amy Lehpamer as Rosalie Mullins, John O’Hara as Ned Schneebly, Nadia Komazec as Patty Di Marco and a fantastic ensemble of local kids from each state.
Below are recordings from two songs in the show – “Stick it to the Man” which is a completely new song to the musical, and “School of Rock (Teacher’s Pet)” which has been carried across from the film.