It’s a forgotten footnote to the Donald Trump drumbeat. In November 2015, Broadway musical School of Rock teased previews with a guerrilla poster of the aspiring presidential candidate, done up Andy Warhol quadrangle-style. As New York Post columnist Cindy Adams noted at the time, the framing credits for the illustration were beyond bizarre: Scandalios Fine Art, on loan from the Golden Thistle Foundation.
Now comes another, directly related footnote. On the most recent Graham Norton Show, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber recalled that Trump expressed a desire to attend the musical’s opening night at the Winter Garden Theatre, Dec. 6. However, Trump changed his mind after Webber expressed fears that The Donald’s attendance would be too disruptive. “Look, it’s the kids’ night,” Webber remembers telling Trump. “You’re so famous. Don’t you think it would be a good idea, perhaps… And he was good about it.”
School of Rock began previewing at the Winter Garden Nov. 9, 2015, exactly one year ahead of the day after Election Day. It’s also of course based on a movie that was released in the fall of 2003, just ahead of the debut of the reality series on NBC that would raise Trump’s fame to new levels.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Drumbeat of Andrew Lloyd Webber