Pumping the promotion for his musical adaptation of Paramount’s 2003 Jack Black hit School Of Rock into high gear, Andrew Lloyd Webber today released a 360-degree video link to the show that was shot in a New York classroom with star Alex Brightman (in the Black role of rock striver Dewey Finn, who turns his prep-school class into a band) and the cast performing “You’re In The Band.” The show has a score by Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater and a book by Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes. It begins previews November 9 at at the Winter Garden Theatre (almost forever home of Lloyd Webber’s Cats), with opening night slated for December 6. The show is being staged by Laurence Connor (the new Broadway revival of Les Misérables).
The immersive video incorporates new 360° technology that allows the viewer you to navigate all angles of the classroom. The number was produced by Lloyd Webber and Grammy winner Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, etc.).
“I am proud that School Of Rock is not just the first musical to take this leap into the future but that this video of ‘You’re in the Band’ is the first time anyone has used the 360-degree medium in this way,” Lloyd Webber said. “It could open a lot of doors.”