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Noel Sullivan joins the West End cast of School of Rock - The Musical

Noel Sullivan as Dewey Finn. Photo credit: Craig Sugden - Fiona Elizabeth.

Casting news

ON AUGUST 19, 2019, Noel Sullivan will join the cast of School of Rock – The Musical to play the lead role of Dewey Finn.

Based on the iconic film of the same title, the hit musical is currently booking at the Gillian Lynne Theatre until January 2020.

Noel Sullivan said: “It’s been a lifelong ambition of mine to perform in a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. I have been a huge fan since I was a child and to get the opportunity to work on such an incredible production is absolutely a dream come true. I loved School of Rock the movie and this hilarious musical doesn’t disappoint.

“I look forward to not only taking on one of my most challenging roles to date but also working alongside some of the most talented kids in the country. I’ve been in some great bands before but this one is really going to take some beating!”

Noel Sullivan is best known for his part in the record-breaking pop group Hear’Say, winners of ITV’s hit show Popstars. After the band, Sullivan went on to carve out a successful career in theatre and television. He can currently be seen in the new Russell T Davies drama for BBC1 and HBO, Years and Years. His previous TV credits include Ordinary Lies 2 and Gavin and Stacey, both for BBC1.

As a West End actor, his theatre credits include Galileo in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Danny Zuko in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre) as well as leading roles in Rock of Ages, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Fame, Flashdance, Love Shack and many more. He also created the role of Seamus O’Rourke in Tiger Bay the Musical which had its world premiere in Cape Town before a run at the Wales Millennium Centre.

Sullivan regularly performs as a concert soloist and most recently starred in the Best of Rock Musicals at the Eventim Apollo as well as creating his first solo show “If you don’t Noel me by now” an evening with Noel Sullivan.

In School of Rock, Sullivan will lead the adult cast alongside Laura Tebbutt as Rosalie Mullins. Mark Anderson will take over the role of Ned Schneebly from Alan Pearson from October 8, 2019, Rebecca LaChance continues as Patty Di Marco and Jake Sharp will play Dewey Finn at certain performances.

The remaining adult cast includes Keisha Amponsa Banson, Ryan Bearpark, Rob Falconer, Kelly Hampson, Suzie McAdams, Richard Morse, Jayde Nelson, Andy Rees, Alex Tomkins, James Wolstenholme and Benjamin Yates with swings Jessica Kirton, Paul Kemble, Billy Mitchell, Catherine Morris, and Andy Prosser.

Three teams of twelve kids who play live at every show make up Dewey’s band.

Image: Noel Sullivan as Dewey Finn. Photo credit: Craig Sugden – Fiona Elizabeth.