The School of Rock, the Jack Black comedy directed by Richard Linklater and written by Enlightened creator Mike White, would probably make a terrific musical. I mean, it’s a comedy, it’s got precocious kids, and it’s prime for a pop-rock score. Of course, when you get Andrew Lloyd Webber in the mix, things get a little tricky. The British musical theater titan has acquired the rights to bring the movie to the stage, and while he’s no stranger to a good old rock opera (see: Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita), he also has the tendency to write pretty crappy pop musicals. There is a reason, after all, that Love Never Dies, the sequel to his record-smashing Phantom of the Opera, never made it to Broadway. Of course, Lloyd Webber hasn’t determined if he’ll actually write any new songs; “There may be songs for me in it," he told CBC radio, "but it’s obviously got songs in it as it stands.” Ah yes, because Broadway needs another jukebox musical.
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