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click to enlarge Rob Colletti and Phoenix Schuman in School of Rock

Rob Colletti and Phoenix Schuman in School of Rock

Matthew Murphy

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 19 2017
Price: $27-$98
If you're going to appreciate anything about this musical (presented here in an Equity touring production), start with the business model. Some brilliant soul looked at a silly 2003 Jack Black movie vehicle and realized it would make the ideal foundation for a live family entertainment, precisely because it offers kids the fantasy of rebelling against said family without actually missing any meals. Adapting the original screenplay by Mike White, Julian Fellowes's book gives us Dewey, frustrated rocker and amoral slob, who cons his way into a teaching job at an exclusive elementary school, discovers that the students there have musical skill, and trains them to win glory in a battle-of-the-bands competition. That's just the start of a nearly endless swarm of implausibilities, but making sense is hardly the point when wish fulfillment is the commodity for sale. —Tony Adler

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