Added on 20-Jun-2004
Press release announcing press conference for coming US launch of the musical.Queen rocks las vegas
Queen to rock las vegas with smash hit musical “we will rock you”
Press conference, wednesday 23 june in vegas
With brian may, roger taylor, ben Elton
London/las vegas, june 18– the paris las vegas is to rock to the sounds of band queen with the announcement by tribeca theatrical productions co-founders robert de niro and jane rosenthal that queen’s lavish rock musical “we will rock you” will open at paris las vegas in september.
To announce the show and reveal the vegas cast, queen members brian may and roger taylor, together with show co-creator ben elton will arrive in vegas next tuesday, june 22, for a press conference at the paris casino resort theatre des arts the following day, wednesday june 23 at 11:00am pst.
We will rock you” – has played to standing ovations at every performance since it opened in london in may 2002 at the dominon theatre. The show already has played over 720 performances and to date grossed $80 million. The extended engagement at paris las vegas marks the first run of the show in the united states.
The show will be presented in the paris theatre des arts, an intimate 1,450 seat venue which will provide an extraordinary setting for audiences to experience the music and dance of “we will rock you,” which also features complex laser light effects and six gigantic plasma screens.
“queen’s music is timeless,” said robert de niro. “we think this show is going to really rock las vegas.”
“`we will rock you’ has shown that the legendary appeal of queen’s music has never ended,” said jane rosenthal. “we are very excited about the musical’s opening in las vegas, as queen has such a huge following of adoring fans here in the u.s,” she added.
“paris las vegas is excited to host the first u.s. production of this amazing rock musical,” said bobby yee, president of paris las vegas. “as las vegas rapidly emerges as the entertainment capital of the country, visitors are looking for more sophisticated entertainment options. `we will rock you’ is exactly the type of world-class entertainment experience that our guests expect to find at paris las vegas.”
Ben elton, the noted comedian, scriptwriter, film director and novelist is the musical’s playwright and will adapt and direct the las vegas production. Elton previously collaborated with andrew lloyd webber on the west end musical “the beautiful game” and won an olivier award for his play “popcorn” which ran in the west end for two years and at present is under option to ridley scott for a feature film.
Co-producers robert de niro and jane rosenthal had long been interested in working with queen, and contacted the band’s manager jim beach eight years ago about the possibility of developing a project together. The end result was “we will rock you,”
In addition to its triumphant run in london’s west end, “we will rock you,” has already completed over 100 shows in melbourne, australia, recently opened in madrid, and will open in sydney, moscow and cologne in the fall of 2004.
De niro and rosenthal’s production company, tribeca theatrical productions, is one of three producing entities behind the musical, along with phil mcintyre promotions and queen th