‘School of Rock’ Opens at Benedum; Dwayne Dolphin Plays Backstage Bar at Theater Square (Tues., 10/17/17)

1) School of Rock is based on the film of the same name released in 2003 starring Jack Black and directed by the noted Richard Linklater. The musical follows Dewey Finn, who’s recently been kicked out of a rock band for upstaging the singer and is staying at his friend’s place. Finn fraudulently accepts a substitute teacher position destined for his friend at a prestigious prep school. While subbing, he molds some musical students into a very good rock ensemble and helps the school lighten up a little. In the national touring production that visits Pittsburgh, Finn is played by Rob Colletti The show features music from the movie in addition to an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes. The Broadway production was nominated for four Tonys and five Drama Desk Awards in 2016. Presented by PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh. Continues through October 22. Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District. (RH)

Teacher Dewey Finn shows his students how to jam. New London Theatre with the original London Cast. Photo: Tristram Kenton.

Teacher Dewey Finn shows his students how to jam. New London Theatre with the original London Cast. Photo: Tristram Kenton.

2) At Theater Square, bassist Dwayne Dolphin, one of Pittsburgh’s top jazz musicians, is the featured performer for this Tuesday’s jazz series at Backstage Bar. No cover. 5 – 9 p.m. 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District.