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We Will Rock You: Music Connecting People

August 15, 2013

Scaramouche and Galileo, heroes in We Will Rock You.

Books encourage us to think about ideas. Movies immerse us in ideas. But music … music connects us in our ideas. Naturally, in a futuristic Earth, where we all read the same books, watch the same movies and listen to the same music, our ideas would be the same. Unless, someone’s inner music were so strong that they broke the mold and rebelled.

Someone does just that in the rock theatrical We Will Rock You, coming to Charlotte this season as part of the Duke Energy Broadway Lights Series. Even though Earth is run by one major corporation, and individuality and musical instruments are banned, hope of freedom remains strong. As a result, a group of rebel Bohemians rises, bound together by the music connecting their ideas. The musical follows their struggle and search for a leader.

Filled with songs like “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and, of course, “We Will Rock You,” the show has 24 of British rock group Queen’s biggest hits.

From left, Brian May, Ben Elton and Roger Taylor.

The production was developed by British comedian and writer Ben Elton, who was one of the writers for TV’s “Mr. Bean.” Also, the show’s musical supervisors are none other than Queen’s very own Brian May and Roger Taylor. Most exciting of all, they sometimes make surprise appearances on stage with the cast. After all, it is their story too. The show is not only a futuristic story with a satirical edge, but a subtle metaphor for the struggle and rise of Queen. The connection of ideas and people through music is the story of all great music legends.

Thanks to show-stopping music and stellar performances, We Will Rock You is the longest running production at The Dominion in London’s West End, it was crowned the U.K.’s favorite show at the 2011 Olivier Awards (Britain’s Tony Awards), and it begins its first North American tour in October.

We Will Rock You will be at the Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte May 27-June 1, 2014. The cast includes lead performers Brian Justin Crum as Galileo and Ruby Lewis as Scaramouche. Jacqueline Arnold will assume the role of Killer Queen. The band includes Rick Hip-Flores as musical director/conductor, Brandon Ethridge as assistant conductor/keyboards, Emily Marshall on keyboards, Tristan Avakian and Bob Wegner on guitar, Mike Cohen on bass, David Stevens on percussion, and Danny Young on drums. Experience the music and become connected. It’s a legendary show that you won’t want to miss! Keep checking back HERE for ticket information.

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