‘We Will Rock You’, the Queen-themed rock musical is hitting the road with a North American tour starting on 3 September in Winnipeg, Canada.
‘We Will Rock You’ promises to “reflect the scale and spectacle that marked Queen’s live performances and earned the band its pinnacle position in rock history,” reads the official release.
While the production originally started in 2002, it now boasts a new musical director Stuart Morley, who was personally chosen by Brian May to oversee the updated version.
“I’ve re-Queened the score,” Morley recently told the Calgary Herald. “I’ve made it more like the original Queen. I went to Queen’s studio and I listened to old vocals. This new score is far more accurate and authentic. When they were creating the original score for the musical, they made it more theatrical than authentic. I’m a purist so I want to bring the score back to its roots.”
Produced by Annerin Theatricals in Alberta, Canada, the new cast features Trevor Coll as Galileo, Keri Kelly as Scaramouche, Krystle Chance as Killer Queen, Alysse Ernewein as Oz, Brian Christensen as Brit, Kyle Gruninger as Khashoggi, and Kevin Doe as Buddy.
“Annerin is proud to be able to produce ‘We Will Rock You’, and we are obviously lucky with our timing,” says Jeff Parry, President Annerin Theatricals. “This is a show I have wanted to produce since I first saw it in London. I thought that Queen’s musical was for everyone and not just the typical Broadway crowd, therefore we’re producing it in a way that can accommodate most audiences that want to experience the music of Queen in a uniquely theatrical manner.”
Since 2002, over 16 million theatregoers in 19 countries have been thrilled by this original- production which is based on the songs of Queen with a book by Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder, Popcorn).
The original West End production featured music supervision from Brian May and Roger Taylor, and Elton fashioned this futuristic story around more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hit songs including: ‘We Are the Champions’, ‘Radio Ga Ga’, ‘I Want To Break Free,’, ‘Somebody To Love’, ‘Killer Queen’, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ and, of course, ‘We Will Rock You’.
Tickets are on sale now. Visit the production’s official website for details.