When the national Broadway tour of smash musical “School of Rock” rolls into Las Vegas in August, it will be a homecoming for cast member Deidre Lang.
A Las Vegas resident of nearly 10 years, this will be the first time Lang has made it home with the electrifying show since the national tour kicked off last August.
“It will feel great to go home and sleep in my own bed,” laughs Lang, who plays Vice Principal Sheinkopf in “School of Rock,” running at The Smith Center August 7 to 12. “I’m excited for my friends to come see me in the show.”
Lang is no stranger to performing in Vegas.
A lifelong singer, dancer and actress, Lang first moved to Vegas to perform alongside her husband in “The Lion King” at Mandalay Bay, after which she honed her rock ‘n’ roll chops by performing in “Rock of Ages” at The Venetian.
“I’ve never gotten to perform at The Smith Center, and I’m so excited to do that with ‘School of Rock,’” Lang says.
A Career to Make Las Vegas Proud
Lang is a shining example of the incredible performance talent in the Las Vegas community.
Originally from New Jersey, she trained with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater straight out of high school.
This followed with dancing on FOX’s hit TV show “In Living Color” — performing alongside Jennifer Lopez and Keenen Ivory Wayans — and performing in a long string of national and world tours, plus multiple Broadway shows including “Ragtime” and “The Lion King.”
When Lang and her husband Keith Bennett, a fellow performer, both landed roles in “The Lion King” at Mandalay Bay in 2009, both were uncertain about moving to Las Vegas.
That is, until they arrived — and promptly decided to stay for good.
“Vegas gets a bad rap as Sin City, but we realized there are suburbs and family living, and you can have a good life here,” she says.
Neither Lang nor her husband could resist the call of performing, though.
After “Rock of Ages” closed, Lang eventually landed her role in the “School of Rock” tour. Her husband is back on the road performing in the national tour of “The Lion King.”
Lang is grateful her parents could stay with their two children in Henderson while the couple pursued their dreams.
“(Our children) might follow in our footsteps,” Lang says.
A Show-Stopping Tour
Lang is delighted to be part of “School of Rock” — an energizing musical that excites and entertains the cast just as much as audiences.
Above all, it showcases dizzyingly talented child performers in musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band that plays live on stage.
“The show really is all about the kids. They sing, they dance and they even play their own instruments on stage,” Lang says.
That means Lang is not actually “in the band” herself, but “the kids do all the work and we adults get to sit back and just be funny,” she says.
Anyone who loves high-energy music will enjoy this production, she vows.
“You can bring your whole family and just have a great time,” Lang says.
See the Show
“School of Rock” runs at The Smith Center from August 7 to 12. Click here for tickets.
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