The Queen musical “We Will Rock You” opened this weekend on the Arts Center of Cannon County stage and will continue through the end of the month.
Based on the songs of the legendary British rock band, the production follows two revolutionaries, Galileo and Scaramouche, on a quest to save rock n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world where there are no musical instruments and rock n’ roll has died. They join a small group of societal outcasts, the Bohemians, as they fight to take back the iPlanet from the all-powerful Globalsoft, led by the Killer Queen.
The musical, which premiered at London’s Dominion Theatre in 2002, is described as a “quirky, eccentric and heartfelt story of outsiders who fight for freedom, individuality and the rebirth of rock n’ roll.”
Working closely with the band members Brian May and Roger Taylor, book-writer Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder, Popcorn) incorporated into the show more than 24 songs from the Queen catalogue, including “We Are the Champions,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “I Want To Break Free,” “Somebody To Love,” “Killer Queen,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Under Pressure,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” and “We Will Rock You.”
The Arts Center production, directed by Matt Smith, features producer John Goodwin (Galileo Figaro) and musical director Brittany Goodwin (Scaramouche) as well as Kelsey Steele, Nathan Lamb, Memory Strong Smith, Robbie Craze and Matt N. Smith, alongside a multi-talented ensemble.
Performances include a 2 p.m. matinee today, July 14, and continue for the next two weekends with 7:30 p.m. performances on Fridays (July 19 and 26) and Saturdays (July 20 and 27) and an additional 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on July 21.
Tickets are $15 with discounts available for students and seniors.
To purchase tickets, call 615-563-2787 (ARTS) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or visit artscenterofcc.com online. Subject to availability, tickets will also be sold at the door one hour prior to show time.
The Arts Center is located on 1424 John Bragg Highway, just west of the town of Woodbury.