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We Will Rock You continues to rock

Kevin Kennedy as Pop

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE LONG-running Queen musical, We Will Rock You, has extended its booking period at the Dominion Theatre by four months – until October 22, 2011.

The current cast is led by former Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy, Brenda Edwards, Ricardo Afonso and Sarah French.

The musical, which has been running for almost nine years, recently won the BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award, the only Olivier Award voted for by members of the public.

A national tour of We Will Rock You has just opened in Cardiff and will continue to Southampton, Aberdeen, Liverpool, Bristol, Sunderland, Leeds and Edinburgh.

Previously Posted: On September 6, 2010, Kevin Kennedy (Coronation Street‘s Curly Watts) will take over the role of Pop in the Queen musical We Will Rock You, which is currently booking at the Dominion Theatre until April 16, 2011.

Kennedy is no stranger to the role, having played the librarian who is trying to figure out the “exact date the music died”, in the touring production.

Although he will always be remembered as Coronation Street‘s Curly Watts, a role he played for 20 years, Kennedy has previously appeared on stage in Chicago (West End) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (on tour).

Meanwhile, Lucy Tapp and Tricia Adele-Turner will cover the role of Killer Queen while former X Factor contestant Brenda Edwards take a two-week break to rehearse and star in The Human Comedy at the Young Vic (September 13 to September 19). Edwards previously worked alongside Kennedy in the touring production of We Will Rock You.

Joining Edwards and Kennedy will be Ricardo Alfonso, who returns to the role of Galileo, Sarah French (from the touring production) as Scaramouche, Rachel John as Meat, Alex Bourne as Kashoggi and Ian Carlyle as Britney.

Written and directed by Ben Elton, We Will Rock You premiered in April 2002 and although the majority of critics hated it, the public loved it. So much so, in fact, that it has become the longest-running show in the history of the Dominion Theatre, with next year marking its tenth anniversary in the West End.

Productions of the musical have also opened in Australia, Spain, Russia, America, Japan and Germany.

The action takes place in a futuristic world where rock music is banned. There are, however, those who believe there was once a Golden Age of music. The show features 32 of Queen’s greatest hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Under Pressure, Radio Gaga and, of course, the title song We Will Rock You.