Sunday, August 17, 2003

We Will Rock You: Review

Saw this on Thursday with my mum. The Dominion Theatre is a great, small-ish but intimate venue, not too big so you can't see the singers' faces. We had good seats in the stalls. My mum was so excited she even bought a "glow-stick" to wave during the finale!

The musical is set in the future (around 300 years from now) when all musicians are identical and all music is downloaded from the internet. The main characters (Scaramouche and Galileo Figaro) are striving to discover where the original 'rock' music and its instruments went to, and to get them back again. There's also a bit of a love story between the two main characters. The songs are cleverly weaved into the story, which is much funnier than I thought it would be. One female character in particular, Scaramouche, is very Ben Elton...the jokes and the tone.

The audience were relatively subdued until We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody, when everyone seemed to do the hands-in-the-air Queen clapping bit. A standing ovation at the end, and then we piled on to the Central Line for the journey home.

All in all it's well worth seeing...the music was very rock-y and the guitar solos were done in the style of Brian May. Lots of funny bits and sing-a-long bits.

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