Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Going Gaga over Arena Tour

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Going Gaga over Arena Tour

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Byline: GORDON BARR

FEW shows make a successful transition from theatre to arena setting.

We Will Rock You is a definite exception - it seems made for the arena.

I've seen it twice in theatres and recently caught it in Copenhagen as it embarks on its inaugural arena world tour.

Verdict? It's perfect for the arena. After all, think of all those famous Queen stadium and arena shows. You will, indeed, go Gaga over this. Many of the cast have made their names in the theatrical West End or touring version of the shows, and some more familiar ones will dates, be taking part in the UK leg of the tour too. Such as Kevin Kennedy, who plays Pop, and who has already performed that role up here at Sunderland Empire. He's proving a hit in the West End version but has agreed to take time out for the UK arena dates.

"I did the very first theatre tour of it and I'm doing it in the West End now. Then they asked me if I'd like to do the arena dates. I work on the premise that acting is about showing off to the most amount of people in the least possible time. I though, yeah, why not. It will be good fun.

the full interviews the show. here in On "The show is perfect for an arena. Queen's music was always heading for an arena as it is so big. You can't get a bigger frontman than Freddie Mercury, very theatrical, and the effects in the show are big, Although it works very well in a theatre it lends itself to an arena perfectly. Everything is just on a bigger scale."

We Will Rock You is already a worldwide phenomenon from the UK to Canada, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Russia and across Europe.

The musical, written by Ben Elton to the immortal back catalogue of Queen, envisages a sinister future where the process of globalisation has been completed and rock music has been officially suppressed.

But now its story about the preservation of individuality and its expression through a classic rock soundtrack is itself heading out on another global conquest. …

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