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BROADWAY BARRE to Welcome National Touring Cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU at Rockwell Table & Stage, 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Broadway Barre, a monthly musical-theatre themed event hosted by Kate Pazakis, continues July 28th at 8 PM. This month's special guest: The National Touring cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of Queen's WE WILL ROCK YOU at CTG/Ahmanson Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Queen and Ben Elton's 'We Will Rock You,' created by Ben Elton with music supervisors Brian May and Roger Taylor, is coming to the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, and with it comes a rock attitude.'We Will Rock You' opened last night, Wednesday, July 16, and runs through August 24, 2014. Check out photos from opening night below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: 5th Ave's WE WILL ROCK YOU Rocks - But is that Enough?
by Jay Irwin - Jul 09, 2014

Sometimes jukebox musicals need to stay in the jukebox. There are some exceptions where it works. When it's a good review like “Smokey Joe's Café” or when there's a fun book like “Mamma Mia”. But when you take the songs of a classic rock band (such as Queen) and jam them into a completely contrived and nonsensical, thread thin plot the result (as with “We Will Rock You” currently at the 5th Avenue Theatre) is a barely entertaining mish mash of songs that left me less entertained and more embarrassed for those involved. Now I love me some Queen. I'm a little too young to have been aware of them in their hay day but like many others discovered them after their run as their enduring songs continue to live on. Which is why I feel they deserve better than the show they got. A show where we're in a not so distant future and people live their lives online (not so different from now) and because of this, rock and roll has been outlawed. (And there's the main plot hole because what's on the Internet but lots and lots of music.) So when a hunky idealistic dreamer, Galileo (Brian Justin Crum) who keeps hearing the lyrics from long dead rockers meets another outcast Scaramouche (Ruby Lewis), the two set out to escape the clutches of the all powerful Killer Queen (Jacqueline B. Arnold) and find other rebels who want to bring back rock. And how will they do this? Um, play music. Yeah, that's ultimately what drives the bad guys away, music. But then we've had music through out the whole show including from the bad guys. See, plot hole. And if this ridiculous story filled with so much bad, one repeated joke (how many times can we mention that the male leader of the rebels goes by the name Britney Spears?), sitcom humor and clunky exposition laden dialog from book writer Ben Elton weren't bad enough, but then they take these wonderful Queen songs and force them into the narrative often times changing the lyrics to try and make them fit. For example, they take the title song from the movie “Flash Gordon” and bastardize it so it's now all about giving the captured rebels electro shock therapy. Or how about Killer Queen singing “Fat Bottomed Girls” because, well I'm still not certain why she was singing it other than to check that iconic tune off the list. Did no one listen to the lyrics of the songs while trying to write the show? They're all quite narrative to begin with. And Elton couldn't come up with a story that fit in with those narratives? I mean he's even got characters names Galileo and Scaramouche but “Bohemian Rhapsody” (the thing all the bohemian rockers are striving for in the story by the way) isn't even performed until the end of the show as an after thought encore. The cast does what they can. In fact they amp their energy and intent up to about a 17 in order to try and give this story some punch. Crum and Lewis certainly have incredible voices worthy of Freddie Mercury and they completely shred any numbers given to them. Arnold too has a gorgeous voice but doesn't seem as invested in playing the villain in this over the top melodrama. But I have to mention Ryan Knowles who not only lent some incredible pipes to his numbers but some delicious comedic timing and heart to his character making him completely “ROCK”. But even the infectious energy of this amazing cast can't polish away the stench of this turd try as they may. The show is a somewhat fun ride but ultimately weighed down with such a horrible book and bastardized songs that it just feels insulting. Queen deserves better and smarter as do audiences, which is why I give “We Will Rock You” a NAH with my three letter rating system. Others may have enjoyed it but I just found it not worth the effort. “We Will Rock You” performs at the 5th Avenue Theatre through July 13th. For tickets or information contact the 5th Avenue box office at 206-625-1900 or visit them online at www.5thavenue.org. (more...)

WE WILL ROCK YOU Comes to The 5th Avenue Theatre, 7/8-13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

The worldwide smash hit 'rock theatrical', Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You, built around 24 of Queen's biggest hits will rock The 5th Avenue Theatre July 8-13. We Will Rock You is produced by Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU Fails to Impress
by Brooke Bridenstine - Jun 18, 2014

There is not a lot to say about We Will Rock You. The plot is bizarre, the characters and dialogue are weak, and only the great music keeps it afloat. (more...)

BWW Interviews: RYAN KNOWLES Talks WE WILL ROCK YOU
by Linda Ann Watt - May 24, 2014

Ryan Knowles plays 'Buddy' in WE WILL ROCK YOU the smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton (more...)

BWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU at PPAC Lives Up to Its Title
by Robert Barossi - Apr 16, 2014

It's not every rock band or musical act that could successfully create musical based on its many widely varying songs. There has to be a certain uniformity, power and resonance to the music, all of the music, carrying through many songs, rather than just one or two 'greatest hits.' And they have to be songs that can be strung together to create a cohesive whole that works as a musical with a plot, story, characters, etc. If there's any proof that it can be done, and done smashingly well, it's found in We Will Rock You, the 'rock theatrical' created through the combination of British writer Ben Elton and the music of Queen. (more...)

WE WILL ROCK YOU Plays Warner Theatre With New Song, 6/3-8
by Oliver Oliveros - Mar 31, 2014

Queen and Ben Elton's smash musical WE WILL ROCK YOU, built around 24 of British rock group Queen's biggest hits, including 'Another One Bites The Dust,' 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love,' 'We Are The Champions,' 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' and 'We Will Rock You,' opens at the Warner Theatre (513 13th Street NW) on Tuesday, June 3, and will run eight performances until Sunday, June 8. For tickets ($55-75), visit ticketmaster.com or warnertheatredc.com. (more...)

WE WILL ROCK YOU Opens Tonight at Music Hall at Fair Park
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

The worldwide smash hit 'rock theatrical,' Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You, built around 24 of Queen's biggest hits, opens at the Music Hall at Fair Park tonight, March 4, 2014. We Will Rock You is produced by Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations. (more...)

5 Reasons WE WILL ROCK YOU is Better Than the Super Bowl
by David Clarke - Jan 27, 2014

The national tour of WE WILL ROCK YOU, presented by Theatre Under the Stars, is continuing to rock Houston audiences for another week. This high-energy show, with a score made of Queen's hit songs, is sure to have you clapping for hands, stomping your feet, and signing along. Kick your winter blues in the face and check out this fun and frivolous night of theatre before it's too late. Forget the Super Bowl, grab your friends, and go to a party you won't regret. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Theatre Under the Stars' WE WILL ROCK YOU is High-Voltage Entertainment
by David Clarke - Jan 23, 2014

Theatre Under the Stars is rocking the new year with the National Tour of Ben Elton's book musical WE WILL ROCK YOU, which proudly boats the songs of Queen as its score. The show had its world premiere in London in 2002, and celebrated its 10th anniversary on May 14, 2012 at London's Dominion Theatre. Despite being panned by critics, this raucous, loud, and irresistibly fun rock musical has proven to be an audience favorite. Last night's Houston premiere of the piece was a sparkling example of why this show has had such staying power. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WE WILL ROCK YOU Not Too Deep But Lots of Fun
by Paul Batterson - Jan 09, 2014

The notoriously harsh London critics predicted a very short lifespan for WE WILL ROCK YOU, a musical centered on the rock band Queen's hits, when it opened May 14, 2002 at the Dominion Theatre in London's West End. The Guardian felt the production came across as 'ruthlessly packaged and manufactured,' with its plot finding 'more unlikely ways to wring out another Queen song' into the two and a half hour performance. (more...)

WE WILL ROCK YOU National Tour to Play TUTS, 1/22-2/2
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2013

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents the worldwide smash hit "rock theatrical" We Will Rock You, running Jan. 22 - Feb. 2, 2014 at Hobby Center's Sarofim Hall. This hilarious, multi-award-winning and record-breaking musical phenomenon is created by celebrated British comedian and writer Ben Elton (TV's "Mr. Bean" and "The Young Ones"), and boasts 24 of Queen's biggest songs including "Another One Bites The Dust", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "We Are The Champions," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and, of course, "We Will Rock You." (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at the WE WILL ROCK YOU National Tour!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 01, 2013

Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil Mcintyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations launch the first North American tour of Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You. The 'rock theatrical', built around 24 of Queen's biggest hits, debuted its national tour in Baltimore, MD, at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, in October 2013. The cast features Brian Justin Crum as Galileo, Ruby Lewis as Scaramouche, Jacqueline Arnold as Killer Queen, P.J. Griffith as Kashoggi, Ryan Knowles as Buddy, Erica Peckas Oz and Jared Zirilli as Britney. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

WE WILL ROCK YOU National Tour to Play Orpheum Theatre, 11/19-24
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2013

The worldwide smash hit 'rock theatrical,' Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You, built around 24 of Queen's biggest hits makes its Minneapolis premiere at the Orpheum Theatre (910 Hennepin Ave.) November 19-24, 2013. We Will Rock You is part of Hennepin Theatre Trust's 2013-14 Broadway Across America-Minneapolis Season and tickets are on sale now. For more information or to buy tickets, call 1.800.982.2787 or visit HennepinTheatreTrust.org. We Will Rock You is produced by Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Queen's WE WILL ROCK YOU is King
by Cybele Pomeroy - Oct 17, 2013

There are 3 things you should know if you venture to see WE WILL ROCK YOU at The Hippodrome, which I strongly suggest that you do, and quickly, as it's only in town until the 20th: (more...)

Brian May Talks Changes to WE WILL ROCK YOU for US, Says Freddie Would 'Love It'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2013

The first North American tour of Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You will debut its national tour in Baltimore, MD, at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, in October 2013. (more...)

BWW TV: Don't Stop Them Now: WE WILL ROCK YOU Tour Cast Meets the Press; Plus Performance!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 24, 2013

Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil Mcintyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations will launch the first North American tour of Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You in Baltimore, MD, at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, in October 2013. The theatrical rock show, structured around 24 of Queen's biggest anthems, stars Brian Justin Crum as Galileo, Ruby Lewis as Scaramouche, Jacqueline Arnold as Killer Queen, P.J. Griffith as Kashoggi, Ryan Knowles as Pop, Erica Peck as Oz and Jared Zirilli as Britney. The company met the press yesterday, and gave a gritty, head-banging peformance of the title song - BroadwayWorld brings you coverage of hte meet and greet below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: WE WILL ROCK YOU National Tour Cast Channels Queen for Performance Preview!
by Walter McBride - Sep 24, 2013

Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil Mcintyre Entertainment andNETworks Presentations will launch the first North American tour of Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You. The 'rock theatrical', built around 24 of Queen's biggest hits, will debut its national tour in Baltimore, MD, at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, in October 2013. The cast featuresBrian Justin Crum as Galileo, Ruby Lewis as Scaramouche, Jacqueline Arnold as Killer Queen, P.J. Griffith as Kashoggi, Ryan Knowles as Pop, Erica Peckas Oz and Jared Zirilli as Britney. The company just met the press, and BroadwayWorld brings you photos of the preview per formances below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Robert De Niro Attends WE WILL ROCK YOU Meet & Greet
by Walter McBride - Sep 23, 2013

Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil Mcintyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations will launch the first North American tour of Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You. The 'rock theatrical', built around 24 of Queen's biggest hits, will debut its national tour in Baltimore, MD, at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, in October 2013. The cast features Brian Justin Crum as Galileo, Ruby Lewis as Scaramouche, Jacqueline Arnold as Killer Queen, P.J. Griffithas Kashoggi, Ryan Knowles as Pop, Erica Peckas Oz and Jared Zirilli as Britney. The company just met the press, and BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the meet & greet -- featuring special guest Robert De Niro! (more...)

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