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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 08:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It is closing at the end of November.

Here is the press release:

Producers of the hit rock musical “We Will Rock You” announced today that they will be closing the blockbuster production at the end of November, after 520 performances. As the musical heads into its last 4 weeks at Paris Las Vegas, it will have welcomed just under 500,000 people through its doors. To date every single performance has ended with a standing ovation. The producers, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor and Phil McIntyre Entertainment in association with Paris Las Vegas, do not anticipate that record ending when the final curtain comes down.

Following an engagement of more than a year at Paris Las Vegas, new productions of the hit spectacular, will open in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, South Africa and Zurich, Switzerland, in early 2006. The final performance of the Las Vegas rock powerhouse show will be Sunday, November 27th.

“Paris Las Vegas is pleased it brought ‘We Will Rock You.’ to Las Vegas,” said Michael Weaver, V.P. of Marketing Paris Las Vegas.

“We Will Rock You” is a lavish rock theatrical production featuring 20 of Queen's greatest hits, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are The Champions,” “Another One Bites The Dust” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” Since opening in September 2004, Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor have been to see the Las Vegas production several times, noting the frenzy of the audiences with each visit.

“We Will Rock You” continues to play to sold-out houses at London's Dominion Theater -- where it has been running since May 2002, and recently celebrated the distinction of becoming the longest-running musical ever to play at the Dominion, one of the West End's largest theaters. In addition to an ongoing Spanish-language touring production in Spain, WWRY also continues to break box office records in Germany, where it is the number one grossing musical of all time.

Globally, the show has now been seen by more than 5 million people.

Ticket prices for remaining performances at Paris Las Vegas are $80.50, $97.00, and $124.50 inclusive of tax and handling. Tickets are available at the Paris Box Office or by calling (702) 946-4567 or (877) ROCK SHOW.

The show schedule is as follows:
Monday 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 p.m.
Thursday DARK
Friday 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 7 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Sunday 7 p.m. & 10 p.m.

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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 10:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I could probably fly to London to see it cheaper than flying to Vegas anyway...

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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 10:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I can't believe how much the tickets cost. I would not pay that much.

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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 11:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

PieterMC wrote:

I can't believe how much the tickets cost. I would not pay that much.


I know, right? Hell..it was the same price to see Brian and Roger, sorry...I mean Quodgers..;-)

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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 11:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

You could actually get a ticket cheaper to see Quodgers. WTF is up with that??

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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 11:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

PieterMC wrote:

WTF is up with that??


I ain't know, homes...

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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 11:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It was a very entertaining show. Glad I got to see it.


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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 11:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The UK show was a pile of shit - wish I hadn't seen it.

I'm still waiting to read something from someone justifying all the hype. There are lots of people saying it's great, wonderful, excellent, but no explanations as to what it is that makes it so.....

A case of "it's Queen-related so it must be good"?


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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 12:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I read that Tribeca Productions had a ten year contract for the Las Vegas WWRY in some press releases last year when the show premiered here in the USA.

Why is it closing after only a little more than a year...and what about that contract?


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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 14:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Arlene R. Weiss wrote:

I read that Tribeca Productions had a ten year contract for the Las Vegas WWRY in some press releases last year when the show premiered here in the USA.

Why is it closing after only a little more than a year...and what about that contract?


Why did they reduce the run time of the Las Vegas production to a 90 minutes not too long ago? I'm guessing it will be attributed to "American audiences not 'getting it.' Whether that is accurate or not, I don't know. I saw it in London. The band was good.


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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 14:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Erin wrote:

PieterMC wrote:

I can't believe how much the tickets cost. I would not pay that much.


I know, right? Hell..it was the same price to see Brian and Roger, sorry...I mean Quodgers..;-)


But Erin and Pieter . . . you've got your discount coupons, don't you? ;)


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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 16:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Benn wrote:

The UK show was a pile of shit - wish I hadn't seen it.

I'm still waiting to read something from someone justifying all the hype. There are lots of people saying it's great, wonderful, excellent, but no explanations as to what it is that makes it so.....

A case of "it's Queen-related so it must be good"?


The songs are great, the singers generally have great voices and are easy on the eye to boot, the band is terrific, the live visuals are impressive, its light-hearted and occasionally funny, and its basically a fun night of entertainment. I saw it with a large group in Las Vegas several months ago, and to a person, everyone raved about it and felt it was a highlight of the trip. Obviously not everybody feels that way, but its equally obvious that a lot of people really enjoyed it. I don't think its any more complicated than that. Its not Shakespeare, but its good light entertainment and it was fun to hear the Queen catalogue performed by a live band and live singers. I don't think liking it makes me a moron, nor do I think you not liking it makes you a moron. Just different tastes.


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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 16:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Why did they reduce the run time of the Las Vegas production to a 90 minutes not too long ago? I'm guessing it will be attributed to "American audiences not 'getting it.' Whether that is accurate or not, I don't know.


Easier to fit in two shows a night I think.


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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 16:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That was a good one Erin! Quodgers! Too funny! Lol! :)

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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 17:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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But Erin and Pieter . . . you've got your discount coupons, don't you? ;)


Yah, but somehow don't think we'll manage the $800 in airfare to Vegas before the end of the month..;-)

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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 17:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

There are rules about the length of shows in Vegas - something about working the cast too hard.

So it's unlikely to be a greed thing, and the length hasn't changed at Vegas - the Vegas show was never any longer than it is now.

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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 19:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

they probably are happy about it

being forced to take 30 more minutes out of it to conform to Vegas standards i am sure did not make them too happy...



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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 23:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I'm with Ray D O'Gaga on this one. I saw WWRY Las Vegas several times, enjoyed it thoroughly, and recommended it to friends. Even saw Brian May when he performed there with the cast on December 18.

I enjoyed it because I love Queen's music. The plot of the stageplay is light and clever. The musicians are excellent, and the sound system top notch. I suspect those few who don't like the show are either not fans of Queen's music, or resent spending $80 for something they didn't want to go see to begin with.

Everyone I know who saw the show thought it was fabulous. Even my wife, who can be whiny about just about anything. So yes, we're both disappointed the show is closing down. We'll have to find a way to get back to Las Vegas to see it one more time in the next few weeks.

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Posted: 02 Nov 05, 23:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I saw it a few weeks ago and although I liked it, based on pictures from other productions, I thought they cheaped out on the sets in Vegas. I thought it was great that they commented on the fact that their Freddie statue "doesn't look anything like him, but there he is!"

I thought it was interesting how they worked the songs into the story and even changed it a bit for the North American crowd. You're My Best Friend in place of WWTLF worked well.

The only negative thing about the experience was that the ticket office couldn't find our tickets or the booking, the place was about half empty AND the late-arriving, loud mouths in the row behind us. Some 40 year old loser actually yelled, "show us your tits" when Killer Queen took the stage. Yeah, real classy buddy.

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Posted: 03 Nov 05, 22:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Wow...i'm socked to have just read this news. I'm also sad as this Las Vegas production was special to me. I have many pleasent memories of the opening night and all that went on afterwards. I'm very sad to hear that it is leaving out shores ( apparently?).

Maybe once it is OUT of Vegas, it will show up on the touring circut? There has been talk for a while now to bring WWRY nationally throughout the US and maybe even Canada with a touring production. Personally, i think this would be great. It's high time it hit NY! Still, i'm sad it's leaving.

I was fortunate to see the London show about 5 months after it opened. I went out of curiousity and also because a friend had invited me to see it. I had no idea as to what to expect, and in all honesty what little i did know of it did'nt really spark much interest. Once the show started however, i was riveted to my seat. The first 2 minutes ALONE had me a avid converted believer. It was like nothing i had ever seen before. Incredible experience!! I will remember it always..it made that much of a impression on me, and i'm not one easily impressed when it comes to things like this. It was awesome and i left that night on a cloud of glee.

The Vegas show was also very good...but for some reason i never felt it quite lived up to the original production version i had seen in London. Yeah...it may have just been a case of being more familar with the format and material, and regardless it was still a fabulous show. I exspecially enjoyed the inclusion of "You're My Best Friend"....wonderful moment!

I's sad it's leaving. I can only hope it will be resurreced in the States via a touring version.