We Will Rock You announces US tour
QUEEN Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations have announced the first North American tour of Queen and Ben Elton’s worldwide hit, We Will Rock You.
The ‘rock theatrical’, built around 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and electrifying spectacle that marked the bands’ legendary live performances, will launch a national tour in Baltimore, MD, at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, in October 2013.
Created by celebrated British comedian and writer Ben Elton (TV’s Mr. Bean and The Young Ones), We Will Rock You takes place in a future age on a planet once called Earth that is now controlled by a mighty corporation.
Globalization is complete. Individuality is taboo. Everyone watches the same movies, wears the same clothes and thinks the same thoughts. Music is generated by the corporation’s computers, rock music is unheard and all musical instruments are banned.
The hope of breaking free rests with an unlikely resistance – an alliance of rebel Bohemians, waiting for a hero to lead the battle to bring the power of rock back to the people.
The score includes Queen’s biggest hits, such as Another One Bites The Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Are The Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody and, of course, We Will Rock You.
“This show is all about legend,” says Ben Elton. “We take the legend of Queen and create our own fantastical story of young kids battling the mighty corporation who wants to suppress their individuality and their love of music. They need a hero who can help them in their struggle, and we have two – the dreamer Galileo, and the sassy rock chick Scaramouche. Guess who ends up winning?”
Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor are musical supervisors to the show, taking an active role in casting the singer/actors and musicians for every production worldwide. On occasion, they have made surprise appearances with the cast to uproars of delight from the audience.
“Creating the show with Ben was very much a three-way thing,” says Roger Taylor. “It was great because he was a pleasure to work with and because he has such a fertile mind. He never stops churning out ideas.”
Elton updates his book regularly, keeping the satirical edge of his script totally relevant to the time and location of the production.
Brian May adds, “The amazing bonus is that Ben’s script subtly works as a metaphor too. People definitely come out of the theatre feeling that in a strange way they now know us, Queen, and our struggle, our journey.”
We Will Rock You is in its 11th year at the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End, one of London Theatreland’s biggest theatres, making it the venue’s longest-running production ever. The previous record holder was the original production of Robert Stigwood’s Grease which ran at the Dominion for three years and three months. We Will Rock You is now officially the 9th longest running show in the West End.
At the 2011 Olivier Awards, We Will Rock You was crowned the UK’s favorite show. In the only award category voted entirely by members of the public, the musical came out on top, beating a shortlist that included Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys and Les Misérables.
Outside of the UK, the show has now been seen in local productions in 17 countries, playing to an audience of over 15 million people.
The complete North American tour route will be announced in the coming months.