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Posted: 19 Jan 11, 15:07 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I attended the opening night of We Will Rock You at the King's Theatre, Glasgow,  last night (18/1/2011) and thought I'd offer my thoughts on it!  It was a belated Christmas gift for my girlfriend's  dad, who had travelled over from France especially to see it.

Firstly, the street leading in to the theatre was bustling with excited crowds, eagerly anticipating the magic that was to ensue.  Bustling, actually, is an understatement - it was more a stampede of hyperactive Queenies of all ages hoping for a great night.  As I had already seen it a couple of times at the Dominion in London, I was slightly more calm, just hoping for a good cast!  That was as excited as they got, however, and I will delve into this later!

Trying to get to the merchandise stand was a bloody nightmare, and it wasn't greatly organised, but I still managed to emerge with a nice Freddie key-ring for the sum of £5.  There, I saw the board emblazened with a cast list that would boast Noel Sullivan (of Hear'Say fame) as Galileo, Amanda Coutts as Scaramouche, Ian Reddington (Eastenders/ Coronation Street) as Pop and Jonathan Wilkes as Khashoggi.

The theatre was neatly filled.  Not the "sell-out" it had been billed as (there were one or two empty seats dotted throughout), but solid enough.  However, the show would be delayed by 30 minutes due to some "technical hitch". That passed quicker than we had thought, though, and soon the lights went down, the curtain went up and Freddie's voice on "Innuendo" was booming loud and proud.

Character consistency was high (there were a few exceptions that I will again delve into later).  This was the third time I had seen the show, and the third different cast, but all was familiar!  I'm not a fan of Ian Reddington, but his performance as pop was as good as the guys I had seen before.  He projected that same, gruff, voice that his predecessors had, and you could almost "smell" the hippie oozing out.  His lines were delivered superbly, and he was a more than competent singer too.  Khashoggi, played brilliantly by Jonothan Wilkes, would soon be sending pop to the "seven seas of rhye", and he was also just as I had seen before.  From the voice, the actions and the witty one-liners through to the singing, he was spot-on.  Clearly, this is a show that is very well rehearsed and tightly-knit, but he played it well all the same and was a credit (IMHO Khashoggi is the best one in the show!) to the Khashoggi character.

Noel Sullivan would soon emerge as Galileo, and I have to say he was in tremendous voice.  Again, the actions, the voice etc were "samey" (I like that word, learned it here on QZ!!!) but his singing was magnificent and I was soon warming to the performance. 

I wish the same could have been said about the Glasgow crowd.  They just didn't seem to be getting it and appeared very cold.  During any scene where crowd interaction was required, they remained silent.  It was like trying to get blood out of a stone.  Even during the scene were pop proclaims Queen the legends of rock, you could have heard a pin drop.  If it wasn't for me (by now the WWRY veteran), there would have been no clapping or enthusiasm at all.  And it wasn't as though the performance was bad!  IMHO, it was a solid one, and would have been top notch but for some.

Scaramouche was next on, and for me, was the real star of the show on the night.  I had never heard of Amanda Coutts before it, but I will most certainly be looking out for her again - what a voice!!!!  Lines were delivered with great comic timing, and again she was a real credit to the character. 

Killer Queen, played by Tiffany Graves, was a real let-down though.  I don't know if her mic just wasn't picking up but it was difficult to hear her, and the bits I could hear, she couldn't sing for toffee!!  Same for Britney (who had suddenly gone from a Jamaican to a Scouser) and Meat, who was no patch on Kerry Ellis.

And the plinth that Khashoggi and KQ usually sing "A Kind Of Magic" on was missing!!!!

Apart from that, I thoroughly enjoyed the night (got a bit teary at "No-one But You" and "Days Of Our lives" and again when Freddie pointed to the "place of champions") and was looking forward to my special surprise......we all know what seems to happen on the opening night of each tour.  I am still waiting!  They didn't show up lol. 

But the band were great nonetheless and, from where I was sitting, it looked as though a certain young Taylor had been on drums!  You'd never know who his father was lol.

So, overall a great show and, if KQ and Britney step it up (I'll put it down to first night nerves) I would  say that it is WELL worth going to.

Two Questions though:

1 - Where were Brian and Roger?
2 - After panning the likes of Pop Idol and X-factor in previous WWRY shows, how do Queen feel about having a Pop Idol product (Sullivan - Hear'say) now playing the lead?

Thanks for reading!


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Posted: 19 Jan 11, 15:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have just found out that Brian will be at the Thursday, 20/1/2011 show!  I am not going, but I will be lurking around for a signature/ picture lol


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Posted: 20 Jan 11, 10:00 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This was a good review of a fantastic show, can't wait to see it again sometime soon. All the various casts from over the years have been fantastic and a credit to the show.

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Posted: 20 Jan 11, 18:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian and Roger were on STV News for a brief interview. Check this link (go to around 14.20 for their bit)

http://bcove.me/4pdj1n3s

This link might not work outside the UK......


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Posted: 20 Jan 11, 22:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

great show at glasgow, but still wasnt as good as dominion with hannah jane fox and tony vincent but still good anyway well worth as see and also thistleboy you mentioned the plinth it was missing? it was the same last year at the edinburgh playhouse it wasnt there either :( , but still worth a see, ps i have seen gary mullen 2x and i personally think he is shite :( aw the best zoners keep rockin :)


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Posted: 21 Jan 11, 04:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, knowing that they were in Glasgow last night, I had to go and see if I could meet them.  Turned up at about 9.30pm and within minutes, Brian was making his way to the stage door, but couldn't stop as he was getting ready for his appearance.  Roger turned up around 30 mins later, but his entourage wouldn't let us anywhere near.  We waited outside in the freezing cold until the cast started rolling out, and the first name of note was Rufus - who was a really nice guy, well up for a laugh and a joke, and signed for us no problems.  I joked that he is actually a better drummer than his dad, he replied with "aye, it's 'cos he's old"!!!!  Soon after (well, at just after 11pm) Roger turned up, but again his crew wouldn't let us near.  He just smiled and waved as he sped off in his car.  Some of the theatre staff tried to make out that Brian had gone, too, and they were locking up, but we waited and, by 1.30 am, he finally came out to the delight of the 20 or so hardcores who had kept the faith. He apologised for the wait, and posed for pictures and signed away.  I was lucky enough he allowed me a picture, putting his arms around me and my mrs and then shaking my hand.

It was the first time I had met Brian.  It's not every day you get to meet one of your heroes (NOT loosely using this word) and I was absoutely awe-struck.  I had often wondered what I'd say if I ever got the chance to meet him....ask about his inspirations?  Tell him my favourite piece of music?  Show him my Freddie tattoo?  On the night, I mustered a "I got a red special for my 30th birthday".  I paused as I considered asking for lessons, but but by that time, my mrs had piped up with "aye, and he can't bloody play it!!!".  Great!

Glad all concerned here liked the show - and to scollins, I respect your opinion RE mullen lol


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Posted: 21 Jan 11, 11:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks for the show review and the recount of the meeting. Glad it was a special moment for you! :)