We Will Rock You, the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton, in now playing in Melbourne for a limited time.
We Will Rock You first premiered in London’s West End in 2002 and since then there have been 3600 performances in the UK, it has received 3600 standing ovations and it was crowned UK’s favourite show at the Olivier awards 2011. It’s been seen by over 6 million people in the UK alone and over 16 million people worldwide in 28 countries.
It is returning to Melbourne after its 2003 season with what seems like an updated script with more contemporary references and relevant-right-now in-jokes.
The show is a stadium style experience, with a ‘wall of sound’ band (including two drum kits in action!), high energy, dazzling lighting and Queen’s legendary hits; We are the Champions, Radio Ga Ga, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, 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.
The anthemic songs are definitely the highlight and scaffold a flimsy, preposterous plot line involving a dystopian futuristic world where rock ‘n’ roll and live music is banned. But there’s an underground rebellion of rock lovers fighting against synthesized pop and being told what to do – and naturally they triumph, restoring music to the world.
It’s not deep but really, let’s be honest you’re just there for the music.
The standout talents are the two female leads – Erin Clare (Heathers, Phantom of the Opera) as Scaramouche and Jaz Flowers (Hairspray, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Fame) as Oz. Their soaring vocals really bring out the melodies and emotion behind the lyrics. Hearing Erin Clare hitting the notes of ‘Somebody to Love’ gives me chills down my spine in a way that the song has never done to me before.
If you love Queen and love power rock, you will love We Will Rock You. Even if you’re not a huge Queen fan, it seems everyone has a favourite Queen song! So iconic is their body of work that I guarantee you will be tempted to sing along to songs that you may not even realise are originally by Queen.