Photos: BWW Sydney Gets a Glimpse of We Will Rock You - Australian Tour Rehearsals

Thursday 7th April 2015, 10am, ABC Studios, Ultimo

Ahead of the Australian Tour of Rock musical WE WILL ROCK YOU, by Queen and Ben Elton (Book), BroadwayWorld - Sydney was given access to the rehearsals taking place at the ABC Studios in Ultimo. The futuristic story of a group of Bohemians fighting to regain the right to have free will, share ideas, create, express through live music and connect in a world of uniformity and conformity is played out to the backdrop of Queen's iconic music.

Cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU - Australian Tour with Writer Ben Elton (Photo: Jade Kops)

The premise of the story is rather pertinent to Sydney's current debate over the restriction of venues and therefore the death of live music due to lockout laws. The work stresses the need for cities to nurture their young artists and give them a place to gather in order to communicate and create and Elton highlighted the need for a theatre and 'pub rock' culture to foster this development

Cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU as the GaGa Kids of the iPlanet- Australian Tour (Photo: Jade Kops)
Cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU as the GaGa Kids of the iPlanet- Australian Tour (Photo: Jade Kops)

Whilst Australian audiences may have seen earlier incarnations of WE WILL ROCK YOU, Elton advised that each production is updated, and the new Australian Tour will continue this philosophy as it has a new cast, each with their own individuality and a new song has been included to take the modern culture of internet on phones and connecting via Facebook into account. With the focus on live performance, the cast will be backed by a live band which has been approved by members of Queen.

Cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU as the GaGa Kids of the iPlanet- Australian Tour (Photo: Jade Kops)
Cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU as the GaGa Kids of the iPlanet- Australian Tour (Photo: Jade Kops)
Cast of WE WILL ROCK YOU as the GaGa Kids of the iPlanet- Australian Tour (Photo: Jade Kops)

Whilst Queen have had a long held commitment to live rock'n'roll, their iconic Bohemian Rhapsody had never been performed live prior to its inclusion in WE WILL ROCK YOU. With the live band and the full cast, the layered sound that had previously been produced with the help of technology, can be recreated. The cast presented an excerpt from the number and the effect is breathtaking.

WE WILL ROCK YOU Australian Tour Cast performs an Excerpt from Bohemian Rhapsody (Film: Jade Kops)

The new Australian tour begins at Sydney's Lyric Theatre on 28 April 2016, then travels to the Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane from 10 July; then on to Melbourne's Regent Theatre from 30 August. Perth's Crown Theatre follows from November, then the Festival Theatre, Adelaide from January, 2017.

WE WILL ROCK YOU - Australian Tour

wewillrockyou.com.au

@ROCKYOUAU
SEASON DETAILS
SYDNEY
Venue: Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star
Season: From 28 April 2016
Performance Times: Tues 7pm, Wed-Sat 8pm, Sat matinee 2pm, Sunday 1pm & 6pm
Price: From $69.90*
Bookings: ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 795 267
Groups 8+ call 1300 889 278

BRISBANE
Venue: Lyric Theatre, QPAC
Season: From 10 July 2016
Performance Times: Tues-Sat 7.30pm, Sat matinee 2pm, Sunday 1pm & 6pm
Price: From $69.90*
Bookings: qpac.com.au or phone 136 246
Groups 8+ 07 3840 7466

MELBOURNE
Venue: Regent Theatre
Season: From 30 August 2016
Performance Times: Tues 7pm, Wed-Sat 8pm, Sat matinee 2pm, Sunday 1pm & 6pm
Price: From $69.90*
Bookings: ticketmaster.com.au or phone 1300 111 011
Groups 8+ call 1300 889 278

PERTH
Venue: Crown Theatre, Burswood
Season: From November 2016
TICKETS ON SALE SOON - WAITLIST NOW FOR PRIORITY BOOKINGS

ADELAIDE
Venue: Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
Season: From January 2017
TICKETS ON SALE SOON - WAITLIST NOW FOR PRIORITY BOOKINGS

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