School of Rock Honors NYC High School Musicals

by Jacob Coakley
Alex Brightman, star of School of Rock, emceed the Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival
Alex Brightman, star of School of Rock, emceed the Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival

School of Rock - The Musical hosted the Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival for New York City Public Schools on Monday, March 7 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre. The Festival celebrated five outstanding high school student productions from the 2015-2016 school year.

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S SMASH HIT “SCHOOL OF ROCK - THE MUSICAL”TO HOST THE SHUBERT FOUNDATION HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE FESTIVAL
STAR ALEX BRIGHTMAN TO EMCEE EVENT AT BROADWAY’S WINTER GARDEN THEATRE

New York (March 3, 2016) –  School of Rock - The Musical will host the Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival for New York City Public Schools on Monday, March 7 at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre.  Alex Brightman, star of School of Rock - The Musical, will emcee the event, Chancellor Carmen Farina, of the New York City Department of Education, will welcome the crowd and introduce the Shubert Organization’s Chairman Philip J. Smith and President Robert E. Wankel.  Shubert Foundation President Michael I. Sovern will introduce Brightman.

The Festival is a celebration featuring five outstanding high school student productions from the 2015-2016 school year. The productions have been chosen by a panel of theater professionals and arts educators.  It aims to showcase the ongoing and excellent theatre work currently happening in NYC public high schools, as well as highlight the positive effects of theater study on skills for the stage and in life: collaboration, artistry, discipline, focus, literacy, student voice, self-awareness, presence, active listening and empathy.  The evening focuses on the impact a full theater program can have on students and school communities. The festival enables students to see that a life in the theater can be a legitimate career path.  The Festival is sponsored by The Shubert Foundation in partnership with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE).

School of Rock – The Musical opened to rave reviews at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre (1634 Broadway) on Sunday, December 6, 2015. This Ben Brantley New York Times ‘Critics’ Pick’ “is an inspiring jolt of energy and mad skillz,” raves Jesse Oxfeld of Entertainment Weekly. And in his four-star Critics’ Pick review, Time Out’s David Cote proclaimed, School’s IN – forever!”

Based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock – The Musical features music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Julian Fellowes and direction by Laurence Connor.

Tickets for School of Rock – The Musical are available by visiting the Winter Garden Theatre box office Monday – Saturdays between 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 pm – 6:00pm, online at Telecharge.com, or by calling 212-239-6200.

School of Rock — The Musical is produced on Broadway by Andrew Lloyd Webber for The Really Useful Group, Warner Music Group & Access Industries, The Shubert Organization, and The Nederlander Organization. Nina Lannan and Madeleine Lloyd Webber serve as Executive Producers.

The Shubert Foundation

The Shubert Foundation, Inc. is the largest institutional funder of theatre education programs throughout NYC public schools and the nation’s largest private foundation dedicated to unrestricted funding of not-for-profit theaters, with a secondary focus on dance. The Shubert Foundation, Inc. was established in 1945 by the legendary team of the brothers Lee and J.J. Shubert, producers of more than 520 plays, musicals and revues, as well as owners and operated a nationwide network of legitimate theaters. For more information, visit www.shubertfoundation.org

New York City Department of Education

The New York City Department of Education is the largest system of public schools in the United States, serving about 1.1 million students in more than 1,750 schools. The Department of Education supports universal access to arts education through the ArtsCount initiative, which tracks and reports student participation in arts education and holds schools accountable for meeting New York State Instructional Requirements for the Arts. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/schools