Red Deer, AB - With the recent Oscar®-winning film, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the music of Queen is more popular than ever. In 2002, many of those hits were compiled into a rock musical experience, WE WILL ROCK YOU, which will be hitting the road once again for a North American tour starting September 3 in Winnipeg, Canada.
Produced by Annerin Theatricals in Alberta, Canada, WE WILL ROCK YOU will be offering a VIP package at each stop, which include cast member meet and greets, exclusive merchandise, and much more. Local venue pre-sales will be available starting Wednesday, October 16 at 10 AM local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 18th at 10 AM local time. More information can be found on the musical’s official website, and a trailer can be seen here.
While WE WILL ROCK YOU is a quirky, eccentric and heartfelt story of outsiders, it’s also a creative cautionary tale for the cyberage. It reflects the scale and spectacle that marked Queen’s live performances and earned the band its pinnacle position in rock history. The audience can expect WE WILL ROCK YOU to rock as fiercely as the best of Queen’s concerts.
“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. My vision was to be able to produce it in such a way that it plays in soft-seaters as well as cut-down arenas. 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 buildings and 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 awe-inspiring 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.”
The fifteenth longest-running musical in West End history received rave reviews upon its original premiere.
- Daily Mirror
“The impressive set with sophisticated hydraulics and huge video screens bearing computer animated
scenes conjure up a colourful vision of the future.”
- The Independent
“A new breed of musical - it's brilliant.”
- BBC Newsnight
With the Oscar®-winning film, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the music of Queen is more popular than ever. WE WILL ROCK YOU follows two revolutionaries, Galileo and Scaramouche, on a quest to save rock n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world where there are no musical instruments and rock n’ roll has died. They join a small group of societal outcasts, the Bohemians, as they fight to take back the iPlanet from the all-powerful Globalsoft, led by the Killer Queen. They fight for freedom, individuality and the rebirth of rock ‘n roll.
WE WILL ROCK YOU is directed by JP Thibodeau, with Choreography by Angela Benson and Musical Direction by Russell Broom. Also new to the production is Music Director Stuart Morley, who was asked personally by Brian May to oversee the updated version. As he recently told the Calgary Herald, “I’ve re-Queened the score. 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. I’ve been given access to tapes no one else has been given to work with. I feel this new version of the musical can be something not even Brian and Roger thought it could become.”
The North American Tour cast includes:
- Krystle Chance as Killer Queen
- Brian Christensen as Brit and Understudy for Galileo
- Trevor Coll as Galileo
- Kevin Doe as Buddy
- Alysse Ernewein as Oz
- Kyle Gruninger as Khashoggi
- Keri Kelly as Scaramouche
Our Ensemble/Understudies are:
- Karina Cox, Ensemble and Understudy for Scaramouche
- Danny Gullekson, Ensemble and Understudy for Khashoggi
- Amelia Hironaka, Dance Captain and Understudy for Teacher
- Jeremy Leo Curtis, Ensemble
- Vanessa Mitchell, Teacher and Ensemble
- Morrissa Nicole, Ensemble and Understudy for Killer Queen
- Sean Sennett, Ensemble and Understudy for Buddy
- Hannah Smart, Ensemble and Understudy for Oz
- Preston Vendramin, Ensemble and Understudy for Brit
Our band consists of:
- Scott Henderson on Keyboards and as our Associate MD
- Lisa Jacobs on Bass
- Kyle McKearney on Guitar 2
- Chad Melchert on Drums
Prepare to Rock out to WE WILL ROCK YOU at any of the following stops, with more to be added in the coming weeks on the musical’s website: