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No Time For Losers In We Will Rock You

No Time For Losers In We Will Rock You

| On 15, Jul 2016

Spike up that hair, dust off the old leather jacket and pile on the eyeliner, We Will Rock You has finally hit Brisbane. With a stellar cast and an even better soundtrack, this is a show not to be missed!

We Will Rock You takes place in a futuristic world where technology has taken over. Society is ruled by Killer Queen (Casey Donovan) who has brainwashed the kids of the future. People are now a combination of pop music and social media, they are not allowed to form their own identity. It is essential that they never be exposed to rock music or a rebellion will ensue.

Galileo Figaro (Gareth Keegan), a teenager who randomly receives lyrics of rock music in his head and his purple-haired sidekick Scaramouche (Erin Clare) fight to bring the world back from its current state of madness. The two go on a quest to find the sacred axe, an instrument that looks very similar to an electric guitar.

Gareth Keegan displayed some killer vocals as the American protagonist Galileo Figaro. He was able to hold his own against some of Queen’s most famous pieces. Erin Clare played his spirited and rebellious girl, Scaramouche with passion. She nailed the Essex accent and wasn’t afraid to be bold and fierce.

We Will Rock You 2016

Casey Donovan hit the high notes as Killer Queen but her voice failed in the softer parts. She struggled in the beginning of Another One Bites The Dust but professionally picked herself back up for the chorus. Her character lacked the realness of other characters but this appeared to be the fault of Ben Elton’s material. A favourite performance of mine goes to Simon Russell’s henchman Kashoggi. With his silver slicked back hair and cheesy grin, he made for a perfect sidekick to Killer Queen. His performance of Seven Seas of Rhye is a definite highlight of the show.

The script is an obvious weakness to the musical – it’s too long and at times, clunky. During the last twenty minutes of the show, the characters finally stopped trying to explain the current situation of the world. Instead, they immersed themselves in some of Queen’s greatest hits. This is where the musical erupts with energy, when it is gritty, unforgiving and pure rock.

Under the musical direction of Dave Skelton, the band received the loudest applause of the night. They proved to be the biggest rock stars as they captured the essence of rock n roll. The night was about one thing, the music. We Will Rock You delivered one hell of a good night out.It’s not often that I am able to say that I went to a rock concert on a Thursday night. We Will Rock You is certainly no ordinary musical – it makes you feel as if you were in the mosh pit of a very wild rock concert, minus the bruises.

The Details

What: We Will Rock You
Where: Lyric Theatre, QPAC
When: 10 July – 14 August 2016
How Much: $59.90 – $139.90

For tickets, head to Qpac’s website here.