In November of 2015, Andrew Lloyd Webber and R&H Theatricals, a division of Rodgers & Hammerstein, announced plans to grant School of Rock performance rights to high schools and youth-performance groups in the USA and Canada before the show had its Broadway premiere.
"This musical is entirely about empowering kids to rock out, so what better way to herald its arrival and celebrate its themes than to allow youth performances from coast to coast," said Lloyd Webber in a statement. "This will allow young fans to engage with the material in a much deeper way."
Based on the hit 2003 film, School of Rock tells the story of a down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star named Dewey Finn, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prep school and enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer Battle of the Bands. The world premiere musical began its performances on December 6, 2015 at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre. The Broadway production of School of Rock, starring Alex Brightman, was nominated for four Tony Awards.
The musical features a score by Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater and a book by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.