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Friday, August 21, 2009

We Will Rock You - The Queen Musical

It's really cool to do something completely on the spur of the moment. When in London a few weekends ago, we were passing the Dominion Theatre on Oxford Street. We were trying to decide what to do for the afternoon, and what we would do for lunch. It was a hot, humid day in the city and wandering around wasn't looking very appealing.

And then who did we see, but Freddie looking down on us from his perch atop the Dominion. The musical "We Will Rock You", based on the music of Queen, was playing inside. Problem solved. Two tickets at £40 each later and we were set to see our first London musical.

The Dominion is a lovely old-style theatre inside, it reminds me of the Olympia in Dublin or the Everyman in Cork and we were able to purchase plastic bottles of beer to enjoy while watching the show. Much nicer than home where you're not allowed bring alcohol into the theatre.

I thought that the show got off to a slow start, but once it hit it's stride, it didn't disappoint. In fact it rocked! It's chock-a-block of Queen songs - in fact, after the first half hour, I was wondering how many Queen songs were left - tonnes as it turns out. The dialogue is snappy and humourous with lots of references to current affairs, generating lots of laughs from the audience.

The story is set in the future, where all forms of human-created music have been banned. "Bohemians" dream of finding real musical instruments and Galileo Figaro is a young man with a head full of music. The Bohemians, Galileo and his love interest Scaramoo, must find their "Rhapsody" and bring music back to the world.

Make sure to see it the next time you're in London.

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