I think we can all agree that it was only a matter of time before the Jack Black comedy “School of Rock” was adapted into a Broadway musical. It was inevitable much in the same way that “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Spring Breakers” will eventually be adapted into Broadway musicals. But was anybody expecting Andrew Lloyd Webber- the man who gave us such stodgy, overblown spectaculars like “Evita” and “The Phantom of the Opera”- to adapt it?
According to Vulture, Webber is “very excited” to acquire the rights to the popular Richard Linklater film. Even though, as Webber noted, the film, “obviously [has] songs in it as it stands”, he also believes that “there may be songs for [him] in it”.
Again, it’s hard to picture anyone as humorless as Weber tackling one of Jack Black’s most beloved films. It’s also hard to picture Black reprising his role (I get the unsettling feeling that it will be “Balls of Fury” star Dan Fogler). Besides, I’m still holding out for Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway adaptation of “Nacho Libre.” Now there’s an unnecessary musical I can get behind.