Added on 09-Sep-2004
From www.playbill.comWe Will Rock You, the London musical with a score made famous by Queen, makes its North American premiere Sept. 8, opening at the Nevada resort and casino Paris Las Vegas following previews since Aug. 16.
Expected at the red-carpet opening are the show's producers, including Robert De Niro, and members of the '70s glam rock group Queen, which first recorded songs that make up the new show. The lead roles of Galileo and Scaramouche are double-cast due to the burden on the actors, who perform in 10 shows per week in Las Vegas (as opposed to legit standard of eight shows a week).
We Will Rock You is billed as a "lavish rock musical 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.'"
Crowds have cheered the London production on the West End since its opening in May 2002. The plot — devised by writer Ben Elton (The Beautiful Game) — involves a future world where music is banned.
We Will Rock You is presented by Tribeca Theatrical Productions co-founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor and Phil McIntyre Entertainment in association with Paris Las Vegas.
We Will Rock You plays Paris Las Vegas' Le Theâtre des Arts, promoted as an "intimate 1,450-seat venue." The show and the house merge in "rock-and-roll fashion" with "complex laser lights and special effects" that are "broadcast on six gigantic plasma screens."
The cast includes Douglas Crawford (Pop), Rich Hebert (Khashoggi), Aspen Miller and Kacie Sheik (Scaramouche), Ty Talor (Britney), Carly Thomas (Oz), Tony Vincent and Jason Wooten (Galileo).
The ensemble includes Timothy George Anderson, Rosalind Brown, Joey Calveri, Venny Carranza, Abbie L. Cooper, Maria Davidson, Jennifer DiNoia, Derek Ferguson, Rona Figueroa, Nam Holtz, Jenny Jackson, Chris Klink, Jeremy Kocal, Mychael Ludwin, Tim McGarrigal, Sarah McLellan, Luke Merryman, Michele Micholas, Kristen Oei, Aaron Paul, Keven Quillon, Niki Scalera, Annette Simmonds, Megan Stephens, Will Swenson, Amir Talai, Andrew Turteltaub, Marcia Urani, Jonathan Warren, Tonya Wathen and Paula Wise.
The show schedule is 9 PM Monday, 7 PM & 10:30 PM Tuesday-Wednesday, no show Thursday, 9 PM Friday, 7 PM & 10:30 PM Saturday, 5 PM and 9 PM Sunday.
Ticket prices are $80.50, $97.00 and $113.50 (including tax and handling), and are available at the Paris box office or by calling (702) 946-4567 or (877) ROCK SHOW.