Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumus Rob Colletti ’11 will star in the national tour of the Broadway hit School of Rock, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical about a wannabe rock star who poses as a prep school teacher. The tour begins September 30 in Rochester and continues with stops in 19 states across the U.S. For a tour itinerary, click here.
Colletti, who hails from the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, is graduate of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting. While at Columbia, he also studied in the comedy studies program at The Second City. His professional credits include the Broadway and national touring companies of The Book of Mormon, in which he played the leading role of “Elder Cunningham.” While still a student at Columbia, he appeared in The Original Grease at the American Theater Company in Chicago. That 2011 production restored material from the original 1971 Chicago production of Grease that had been cut from the show’s 1972 Broadway version. The Original Grease was created with the participation of Grease‘s coauthor Jim Jacobs, benefactor of the Jim Jacobs Musical Theatre Scholarship at Columbia College Chicago.
Based on the hit 2003 film of the same name, School of Rock follows Dewey Finn, a failed wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There, he turns a class of straight-A students into a mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within. Colletti portrays Dewey, the role played by Jack Black in the original movie.
School of Rock has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes, and direction by Laurence Connor.