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Brian May talking about We Will Rock You and Queen


Having rocked over 6.5 million people in a record-breaking 12 years at the London’s Dominion Theatre, the smash hit Queen & Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You is due finally to close on 31 May 2014. Now the longest running show ever at the Dominion by a margin of nine years, the show takes its rightful place in West End history, sitting proudly in the Top 10 longest running musicals of all time.

The show has now been performed in 28 countries around the globe, and has been seen by a more than 16 million people. From its opening night at the Dominion on 14 May 2002, We Will Rock You quickly became the overwhelming people’s choice of musical in the UK and overseas. In its second year at the Dominion it won top honours in five categories in the Theatregoers Choice awards presented by whatsonstage.com, including Best New Musical. In 2011, nine years after the curtain first went up, the show won the prestigious Olivier Audience Award, the only category voted for entirely by the public. The show went on to win a number of international awards for productions around the globe.

When the show closes on 31st May 2014, it will have been performed at the Dominion an astonishing 4600 times. Co-creators Brian May, Roger Taylor and Ben Elton had this to say: “We want to thank every one of the many hundreds of incredible musical theatre artists, musicians and crew with whom we’ve had the privilege of working at the Dominion since 2002. And of course the incredible audiences who have rewarded them with over four and a half thousand standing ovations!” Brian May: We are well proud of our Rock Theatrical, which has given pleasure to millions, and certainly changed the face of Musical Theatre auditions!

We sincerely thank all who have breathed life into the show over the last 12 years – including all the great singers actors and dancers, all our magnificent musicians, our brilliant creatives, design and production team, and those who have worked out front in the Dominion. Thanks too, to our wonderful audience members who have kept coming back, bringing their friends, mums, dads, sons, daughters, and grandchildren, supporting this great adventure, never failing to rise to their feet in appreciation, and never failing to stamp and clap their way to the climax of the show.

It’s actually quite heartbreaking to lose this great talented family, who have all given much more than the job demanded in terms of energy and devotion. But some day We Will Rock You will rise again in its home city.

Til then, from this June onwards … We Will Miss You. Bri

The above is from Brian May’s Official website – please link back and credit this comment if used.  http://www.brianmay.com

A 2010 interview with Brian May on BBC Hardtalk which has not been overly viewed. Brian talks about himself, his beliefs (and actions) on wildlife welfare, Queen, Freddie Mercury, and also We Will Rock You the musical.

Brian May with HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur (first shown 22nd September 2010) BBC News Channel.

BBC HARDtalk – Brian May (Pt1) 22 Sept 2010

BBC HARDtalk – Brian May (Pt2) 22 Sept 2010

We Will Rock You the musical is set in the future, on a place once called Earth. Globalisation is complete. Everyone watches the same movies, wears the same clothes, and thinks the same thoughts. A safe, happy Ga Ga world.

The Company Computers generate the music and the kids download it. All musical instruments are banned. But resistance is growing. A hero is needed.

Is the one who calls himself Galileo that man, and can he help them Break Free…?

Legendary band Queen, fronted by the dynamic Freddie Mercury before his death in 1991, have been making music together since the 70’s and have now joined forces with writer Ben Elton to bring their unique sound to theatreland…

This mega-musical, seen by over 5 million people, includes 32 of Queen’s classic hits, including Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, and more. One dream… one vision… one smash hit – book today!

Tuesday 11thn March 2014


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