Just as the hype surrounding the potential "Mean Girls" musical was beginning to die down, the king of musical theater, Andrew Lloyd Webber, has announced a Hollywood-inspired theater project to rival them all. According to The Guardian, the Tony Award winning composer told CBC Radio that he has acquired to the rights to Jack Black's comedy, "School of Rock," and has plans of adapting the quirky, battle of the bands saga for the stage.
Lloyd Webber, or "The Lord" as many UK fans know him, told radio host Jian Ghomeshi that he's "very excited" about turning the story of Dewey Finn, a broke-musician-turned-affable-school-teacher, into a full-fledged musical.
"There may be songs for me in it, but it's obviously got songs in it as it stands," Lloyd Webber explained, referring to the movie's classic rock-inspired soundtrack.
Of course, the possible Broadway adaptation raises the question: Who could possibly replace Black in the leading role? We can only wait and hope that the Tenacious D frontman will be involved in the production in some way.
The "School of Rock" project is a departure from Lloyd Webber's last work, a musical based on the life of UK physician and artist, Stephen Ward, the man who took the fall for the Profumo scandal of the 1960s.
The Likes Of US (1965)
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968)
Image: Gareth Gates poses as Joseph at a photocall for the musical 'Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' at the Adelphi Theatre, central London.
Jesus Christ Superstar (1970)
Image: Actor Philip Quast (left) and Argentinian actress Elena Roger, who plays Eva Peron, perform Don't Cry For Me Argentina, at a dress rehearsal for Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sir Tim Rice's musical Evita, at London's Adelphi Theatre.
Tell Me On Sunday (1979)
Image: Andrew Lloyd Webber's British cast perform Cats, the world's longest-running musical, on the opening night of the annual Beiteddine Festival, in the mountains southeast of Beirut late 03 July 2002. This is the show's first open-air performance, held at a picturesque 19th century oriental palace, perched on a cliff in Beiteddine in the Shouf district. Some 2,500 people attended the first of six evening performances, which will be followed throughout July and the first two weeks of August by concerts featuring among others, Spanish Opera tenor Jose Carreras, Algerian Rai star Khaled, Senegal's Youssou N'Dour and Lebanese diva Fairuz. AFP PHOTO / Joseph BARRAK (Photo credit should read JOSEPH BARRAK/AFP/Getty Images)
The Phantom Of The Opera (1986)
Image: Sierra Boggess and Hugh Panaro (L) attend 'The Phantom of the Opera' attend 'The Phantom Of The Opera' Broadway 25th Anniversary at Majestic Theatre on January 26, 2013 in New York, New York. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
Sunset Boulevard (1993)
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Love Never Dies (2010)
Image: General view of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production, Love Never Dies - the follow-up to The Phantom Of The Opera, at the Adelphi Theatre, London.
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