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We Will Rock You On Tour, 2009

Palace Theatre, Manchester
Wednesday March 25 (until June 5 then touring nationwide)

Author: Ben Elton, who also directs
Composer: Queen
Management: Phil McIntyre Entertainment with Queen Theatrical Productions
Cast: Jonathan Wilkes, Kevin Kennedy, Brenda Edwards, Georgina Hagen, Ashley Russell
Costumes: Tim Goodchild
Choreography: Arlene Phillips

  Promo poster for We Will Rock You

 

Brian May and Roger Taylor during the encored Bohemian RhapsodyWith a surprise performances from Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor during the encored Bohemian Rhapsody, this is one night - and one show - that will live long in the memory. Yes it’s cheesy in places and no it’s not Shakespeare - it was never meant to be - but this production of We Will Rock You is very definitely an exhilarating night out and can truly say it delivers its promise to the full.

A finalist in 2005’s The X Factor, Brenda Edwards quickly grows into her role as the pseudo-dominatrix Killer Queen so that by the end it is clear she was enjoying herself to the full. Alex Gaumond’s hero, Galileo, and Kevin Kennedy’s Pop are quite brilliant in the way they take control of proceedings and bash out their songs with well-crafted ease, whereas Jonathan Wilkes as Khashoggi is at times stunning - though at others, less so.

The cast of We Will Rock You take a bowBut it is Sarah French-Ellis as the misfit Scaramouche who really shines. Here is an actor with a voice capable of igniting the sky and an ability to bring a character to life that is breathtaking.

We Will Rock You was Ben Elton’s promise on launching the first national tour of this smash hit musical and he certainly delivers with this slick, fast-paced, loud, multi-coloured event of a show. With a seven-piece band to back some of Queen’s extensive catalogue of hits, it was left to a dynamic and accomplished cast to deliver the goods and, for the most part, deliver they do.

Interview with Ben Elton 2009 by Chris High

Interview with Brian May 2008 by Chris High

We Will Rock You review 2004 by Chris High

www.wewillrockyou.co.uk


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