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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...)

WE WILL ROCK YOU to Play Benedum Center, 10/29-11/3
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2013

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 Benedum Center on October 29, and runs through November 3, 2013. We Will Rock You is produced by Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Christine Pedi Brings COMEDY COCKTAILS to 54 Below!
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 12, 2013

Just last night, musical comedienne & impressionist Christine Pedi (NEWSical the Musical, Forbidden Broadway, Chicago) brought her favorite funny friends together to shake & stir up some hysterical comedy concoctions (musical & otherwise) at 54 Below. Silly songs and other diversions from some of the wildest wits on & off Broadway make it an incredibly happy hour & late night laugh lounge. (more...)

Lindsay Mendez, Marco Paguia, Duncan Sheik & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Sep 09, 2013

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. 54 Below also launched its series of late night events. Joining Tuesday nights' popular 'Backstage' with Susie Mosher is 15:54, and more: (more...)

Christine Pedi, Morgan James & More Set for Late Night at 54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Sep 06, 2013

For those craving a show after the show, stop by 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. Loosen your tie and enjoy as Broadway's superclub expands its late night series. Joining Tuesday nights' popular Backstage with Susie Mosher are late night events featuring bright and upcoming New York talent: (more...)

WE WILL ROCK YOU to Open on Broadway in Summer 2014?
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2013

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier this month, the first North American tour of Queen and Ben Elton's We Will Rock You, built around 24 of Queen's biggest hits, will launch a national tour in Baltimore, MD, at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, in October 2013. According to Showbiz411, the rock musical will head to Broadway following the tour, which could be as early as summer 2014. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 31st, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 31, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. ChiShakes' 'Shrek,' BIC in Millennium Park, the casts of 'Flashdance' and 'We Will Rock You,' outdoor movies in Chicago and Aurora, classical music in the theater, a new 'Into The Woods' and a farewell to a friend of the Mosh Pit. (more...)

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