Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Smash-hit Queen musical will rock you at the Odyssey

Performers take part in Queen's We Will Rock You
Performers take part in Queen's We Will Rock You

Northern Ireland will be in the grip of a Bohemian Rhapsody when a West End musical based on the music of rock supergroup Queen rolls into the city.

Ben Elton’s We Will Rock You will take the Odyssey Arena by storm next June as part of its first world arena tour.

The smash-hit production, which has been hailed as one of the the most spectacular musicals in the world, will feature 24 of Queen’s greatest hits such as Under Pressure, I Want It All, Killer Queen and Another One Bites The Dust.

The multi-million pound production will also feature some home-grown talent in the form of former I’d Do Anything star Rachel Tucker, who will take on the role of Meat.

Writer Ben Elton said the show, which is also headed for Dublin, boasts the scale and spectacle typical of Queen’s live performances.

“This show is all about legend,” he said. “We take the legend of Queen and Freddie Mercury (right) and create our own fantastical story of young kids battling the might of corporations who want to suppress their individuality and their love of music.

“They need a hero who can help them in their struggle, and we have two — the dreamer Galileo and the sassy rock chick Scaramouche. Guess who ends up winning?”

Queen’s Brian May, who along with band-mate Roger Taylor is a music supervisor on the show, said the production is a “big night out for all”.

Producer Phil McIntyre said the team is looking forward to taking the show on the road again.

“We had standing ovations night after night around the UK last time and we can’t wait to see that happen again,” he added.

The show will run at the Odyssey Arena from June 12-15. Tickets go on sale on August 24 at 9am, priced at £30 including a booking fee.

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