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'School of Rock' to become a musical

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   April 8, 2013 at 2:03 PM   |   Comments

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April 8 (UPI) -- Award-winnng composer Andrew Lloyd Webber told CBC Radio last week that he plans to bring the hit Jack Black film "School of Rock" to the stage.

"Another thing that I've just got the rights to that I am very excited about -- there may be songs for me in it, but it's obviously got songs in it as it stands -- is that movie 'School Of Rock.'"

In the 2003 comedy, Jack Black starred as a musician who taught a class of young kids how to rock in order to compete in a battle of the bands. The enormously successful composer of "The Phantom of the Opera," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Cats" hopes to expand the on the music from the movie for the stage production.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Lloyd Webber just finished his most recent project about Stephen Ward, an English physician who committed suicide after a political scandal involving showgirls and a susbsequent trial on charges of living on the profits of prostitution.

"I will go from Stephen Ward, which is really going to be sort of a chamber musical, to a musical about kids playing the guitar," Webber said during the interview.

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