My husband is a big theater going person and that has made our family into a bunch of theater lovers. Now at the Ahmanson theater in Los Angeles is the hit musical Queen and Ben Elton’s “We Will Rock You.” The show is built around 24 of the biggest hits of the rock group Queen, which delivers a show that boasts the scale and electrifying spectacle that marked the band’s legendary live performances.
The show is set in the future on a planet once called Earth that is now controlled by a big corporation. Computer-generated music reigns, no rock music is heard, all musical instruments are banned and conformity is enforced. A pair of young renegades, Galileo and Scaramouche, dare to rebel and bring rock music back to the people. The show is high energy and the music of Queen is played live and loud. It’s hard not to jump to your feet every time another familiar song starts up.
“We Will Rock You” includes such songs as “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and, of course, “We Will Rock You.” There are some lyric changes to fit with the loose storyline, but the young cast belts out tunes with all the intensity that Freddie Mercury carried in his glory days. While there is nothing inappropriate for families, I would suggest the show for children over 12.
This is the West Coast premiere of the show, which recently closed in London’s West End after playing to crowds for 12 years. The show did have a year long run in Las Vegas about 10 years ago, but otherwise, the show is new to North America. Get your tickets now!