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been | We Will Rock You

Thunderbolt and lightning! The NZ Musical Theatre Consortium and Bruce Mason Theatre bring the magnificent musical production ‘We Will Rock You‘ to the stage over the next two months.

Created by the lords of rock ‘Queen’, not to mention the genius of ever-evolving writer, Ben Elton –  this West End musical comes to our shores, with the help of an outstanding cast of actors, ensemble and exceptionally talented band.

With an auditorium packed literally, like sardines, the draw and excitement that enveloped the filled-out crowd was almost tangible.  The audience are immediately drawn in to this musical odyssey with flashing projection of words and visuals to set the scene, and to provide a narrative that is reminiscent of the sci-fi classic ‘Star Wars’, with a somewhat post-apocalyptic feel ….

The orchestra (or band) are also projected above the imposing stage.  An element of this stage setting, that I found both impressive and artistically effective.   A chorus of dancers with costumes emblazoned with the song title “Radio GaGa’ were visually striking and immediately piqued my attention as they set the pace for the rest of the show, as did the eponymous ballad  ‘We Will Rock You’, welcoming us to a musical anthology  full of historical humour, that we were set to enjoy for the remainder of the performance.

We Will Rock You is full of hilarious rock-references and clever dialogue that reflects the glory of a by-gone era of music.   With futuristic themes and cleverly placed classic Queen ballads throughout.  One most noteworthy track being ‘Killer Queen’ which sets the stage for  NZ’s own musical royal, Annie Crummer.  Annie exercises her theatre chops with unexpectedly brilliant and powerful delivery!  She is perfectly cast as the arch nemesis of the ‘Bohemians’ a group of misplaced yet passionate rock-loving, breathing beings.  The main protagonists in said group (and indeed the entire musical), are portrayed by William Deane as ‘Galileo’ and his love-interest, ‘Scaramouche’ played by Bridie Dixon.

They are supported by other key members of the Bohemians: ‘Brit’ (Caleb Muller),  ‘Buddy’ (David Mackie) and ‘Oz’ (Rebecca Wright), who alongside the Killer Queen’s right hand man ‘Khashoggi’ and of course the star-crossed lovers Galileo and Scaramouche themselves, entertain the audience with such convincing character portrayals, and moving vocal performances from Queens catalogue of hits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The choreography, lighting and set-design of  We Will Rock You is fantastically polished. The sheer attention to detail, for a production of this magnitude, is no mean feat and the creative team of: Director Emma Carr, Musical Directors, Mark Bradley and Edwin Randall and choreographer, Rebekkah Schoonbeek-Berridge should be applauded for their success!

An ambitious production on every scale, but that is brought together so brilliantly with the energy of it’s entire ensemble, the faultless score from the show’s musicians, and of course Annie Crummer’s seemingly limitless vocal-range.

‘These are the Days of our Lives’ is performed by the entire chorus towards the end of the show, an ominous ode to demise of the legend himself (Freddie Mercury).  Yet within it’s words are a message and a lesson, in living your life whilst also being true to yourself.  A fitting piece of classic Queen to wrap up this musical journey!

 

 

 

 

 

 

*4.5 Stars!

We Will Rock You is currently playing at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna:                                                              20th August – 7th September

 

 

1DP | Day 16 of 100 Days, 100 Individuals

Digital Content Publisher for a big NZ corporate by day, creative dabbler, social media sponge and Queen by night.  Meet Clint Woolly.  Smart, witty and always up to something, we talk to him on Day 16 of our 100 Day Project.

What’s your biggest fear?
Having left this world, without leaving behind a lasting positive legacy.

What’s your purpose in life?
To explore this world, my part in it, and do as much as I can do to be a positive influence in every facet of my existence.

What are you passionate about?
Life, love, laughter

What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Work usually haha. But no, the opportunity a new day brings.

Everyone has a dirty little secret, what’s yours?

I have an insanely large accumulation of knitting yarn and several unfinished scarves. Being a bit of a hoarder as well as a seasoned procrastinator, aren’t conducive to making it a productive hobby.

If today was your last day on earth, what would you do?
Call my mum and dad (and the rest of my family and friends for that matter) and tell them how much I love and appreciate them and tell them how much they have enriched my life. I like to think I tel my family and friends regularly all of this. If not, tell me so I can rectify that! Because I live each day/week/month to the fullest possible, there really isn’t anything I haven’t already done.

What is your happy place?
Curled up in bed with my soft toys ^_^

 What will you be doing for the rest of 2013?
Preparing for my ‘beauty pageant’ stage show ‘entrant’ in a show that’s rumoured to be making a return… Shhh!