Ahead of its premiere in Melbourne this October, the Australian cast of the School Of Rock musical has been revealed.
Taking on the coveted role of Dewey Finn, portrayed by Jack Black in the 2003 feature film. is Sydney-based actor, composer and performer, Brent Hill.
With musical theatre credits that include Little Shop Of Horrors, Once and Rock Of Ages, Hill was recently seen alongside Hugo Weaving in Sydney Theatre Company's The Resistible Rise For Arturo Ui and in Eddie Perfect's Vivid White.
He will be joined on stage each night by 36 incredible Australian performers aged between nine to 13, including Kempton Maloney (Wind In The Willows), Orlando Schwerdt (Carmen, Matilda), Tiana Mirra (Strictly Ballroom), Annie Jones (The Sound Of Music) and Aston Doomer (The King & I, The Bodyguard).
"I’ve just seen all of the audition tapes for School of Rock in Australia and I know we’ve got a really great cast," Andrew Lloyd Webber, who brought the film to the stage, said of the newly-announced Aussie cast.
"We’ve got great kids in a show that is all about how music can empower children.
"I’ve never had such a good time as I have had with School of Rock and I know it’s going to be fantastic in Australia too."
Since its premiere in New York in 2015, the show has gone from strength to strength, with its 2016 West End production picking up the 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement In Music.
School Of Rock is the latest large-scale musical theatre import to Australia, which has seen an increase in the number of major productions touring the country in recent years, including Les Miserables, Aladdin, Book Of Mormon, and Cats.
Due to popular demand, new tickets will go on sale from this Monday (28 May); for more details, check out the School Of Rock website.