We Will Rock You is a playful rock celebration, taking audiences through 24 of Queen’s legendary hits in just under 2.5 hrs.
We Will Rock You, the musical by QUEEN & Ben Elton
When: until 30 October 2016
Where: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street MELBOURNE
Cost: from $69.90, book tickets here
Thank you Sally T. Ridden for your words and attending on behalf of Meetoo
Buddy you’re a boy make a big noise, Shoutin’ in the street gonna take on the world some day,
You got blood on yo’ face, Somebody better put you back into your place
Singin’ We will we will rock you
(Sing it!) We will we will rock you
(Everybody) We will we will rock you
(Alright) rock out
Ben Elton’s production is a silly plot twist on Queen tracks, an escape from reality; an electric, energizing fantasy. Set In 2350, GlobalSoft Corporation has taken over iPlanet (aka Earth) and is controlled by Killer Queen, a video game character who uploaded herself into reality. Conformity is celebrated and uniformity enforced – independent thought forbidden, live music is banned and friendships illegal.
A rebellion group of kids who want real friends (as apposed to online ones) and their own names (not user IDs) rise up to fight against manufactured pop.
An insightful use of iconic Queen songs whilst making a joke of humanity, pop music culture and musicals, created an amusing performance. We Will Rock You takes place on a mostly empty stage with minimal theatrical props, concert digital strobe lighting rig and a very loud sound system.
The performance included some “Australianised” content with up to date cultural pop references including Lady Gaga, Geoff from the Wiggles, Beaver, MJ and Gangnam Style. It’s a performance of satirical one-liners and air punching at any opportunity throughout.
The standout principal cast members were Jaz Flowers as Ozzie, a shooting star leaping through the sky like a tiger, she owns it but unfortunately for her character “only the good die young”. Casey Donovan is “Killer Queen, dynamite with a laser beam, guaranteed to blow your mind…anytime”. And of course Erin Clare as Scaramouche, doing the Fandango (what exactly is… “doing the fandango”?) whilst becoming a champion of the world.
The band includes Music Supervisor, Brian May – QUEEN founding member, guitarist & songwriter – and was magnifico, playing like it was their last dance under pressure, even taking their bows and curtain calls.
Ever asked yourself “what is rock n roll?” Surely if this show does not know, just open your eyes and look up to the skies for any way the strobe lighting blows. The show was indeed a playful, fun rock celebration, taking us through 24 of Queen’s legendary hits in just under 2.5 hrs. Oh all right then – I have to say it,
“long live rock n roll!”
- Crowned the UK’s favourite show at the Olivier awards 2011, British theatre’s answer to the Oscars
- Over 3600 performances in the UK
- Over 3600 standing ovations in the UK
- Over 6 million tickets sold in the UK
- Over 16 million tickets worldwide
We Will Rock You is currently playing at the Regent Theatre, 191 Collins St, Melbourne . Tickets are from $69.90 and the show is suitable from the age for 13 years and above.
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