The smash hit Queen musical We Will Rock You is coming to Manchester on its UK tour next year, and the casting has just been announced.
Promising the same scale and spectacle as the band’s legendary live performances, the show is set in a future without musical instruments, where a group of rebels lead the fight for freedom and the rebirth of rock music.
First performed in 2002, the musical came about after a meeting between actor Robert De Niro with musicians Brian May and Roger Taylor six years earlier.
The Taxi Driver star, whose daughter is a Queen fan, asked the pair if they had ever considered making a musical based on their songs. Inspired, they roped in comedy legend Ben Elton to write the script and De Niro and his company Tribeca later came on board as American partners.
The show features 24 of Queen’s biggest hits, including We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Another One Bites The Dust, Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You.
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It has so far been seen by more than 15 million theatregoers in 17 countries, and the latest tour follows the release of Oscar-nominated Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody last year.
Taking on the role of Galileo in the touring production is Olivier Award nominee Ian McIntosh (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, The Commitments), who will be joined by Elena Skye (Les Misérables, Kinky Boots) in the role of Scaramouche.
Playing Killer Queen is Jennifer O’Leary (Heathers The Musical, Rent), with Michael McKell (Macbeth, Blood Brothers) as Buddy, Adam Strong (Jesus Christ Superstar,Rock of Ages) as Khashoggi, and Amy Di Bartolomeo (Bat Out of Hell, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Oz. David-Michael Johnson will also be reprising the role of Brit, who he played on the German tour.
Brian May said: “This is a stunning state-of-the art new-look production of We Will Rock You – but of course the original story is now more relevant than ever.
“We’re confident We Will Rock You fans will love revisiting the world’s first true Rock Theatrical, and a whole new generation will now discover the VIBE!”
The tour comes to the Palace Theatre in Manchester from January 27 to February 8, 2020.
It will also call in Bromley, Ipswich, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Derry, Dublin, Southend, Leeds, Nottingham, Plymouth, Glasgow, Blackpool, Hull, Southampton, Aberdeen, Bradford, Canterbury, Oxford, Llandudno, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham, Norwich, Northampton, Bournemouth, Stoke and Reading.