Launching its first North American tour, We Will Rock You, the award-winning ‘rock theatrical’ built around 24 of Queen’s biggest hits, will rock the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall for a one-week engagement, November 12-17.
Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 5, in honor of Freddie Mercury’s birthday. Tickets can be purchased at www.tpac.org, by phone at(615) 782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For group sales, call (615) 782-4060.
This hilarious, multi-award-winning and record-breaking phenomenon is created by celebrated British comedian and writer Ben Elton (TV’s Mr. Bean and The Young Ones), and boasts a fantastic score of Queen’s biggest songs including “Another One Bites The Dust”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “We Are The Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and, of course, “We Will Rock You.”
“Like so many others, I am a huge fan of Queen’s music, which has always been incredibly theatrical in nature. I can’t wait to hear all their amazing rock hits again and see how they work at the heart of this fantastic story,” said Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC’s chief executive officer. “London audiences have raved about this show for years, and we’re excited to be able to bring it to Nashville’s theatre fans and Queen fans alike.”
We Will Rock You takes place in a future age on a planet once called Earth that is now controlled by a mighty corporation. Globalization is complete. Individuality is taboo. Everyone watches the same movies, wears the same clothes and thinks the same thoughts. Music is generated by the corporation’s computers, rock music is unheard and all musical instruments are banned. The hope of breaking free rests with an unlikely resistance – an alliance of rebel Bohemians, waiting for a hero to lead the battle to bring the power of rock back to the people.
“This show is all about legend,” says Ben Elton. “We take the legend of Queen and create our own fantastical story of young kids battling the mighty corporation who wants 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?”
“Creating the show with Ben was very much a three-way thing,” says Roger Taylor. “It was great because he was a pleasure to work with and because he has such a fertile mind. He never stops churning out ideas.”
Brian May adds, “The amazing bonus is that Ben's script subtly works as a metaphor, too. People definitely come out of the theatre feeling that in a strange way they now know us, Queen, and our struggle, our journey.”
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