Queen musical coming to North America

Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations are thrilled to announce casting is complete for the first North American tour of Queen and Ben Elton’s We Will Rock You. The “rock theatrical,” built around 24 of Queen’s biggest hits, will launch a national tour in Baltimore, MD, at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, in October 2013. This will be the first time the show has toured North America in its 12 years.

The cast features Brian Justin Crum as Galileo, Ruby Lewis as Scaramouche, Jacqueline Arnold as Killer Queen, P.J. Griffith as Kashoggi, Ryan Knowles as Pop, Erica Peck as Oz and Jared Zirilli as Britney.

Rounding out the ensemble are Danny Balkwill, Samantha Berman, Bentley Black, Jessica Crouch, Saccha Dennis, Sam Digiuseppe, Suzanna Dupree, Daniel Greenberg, Stephen Hernandez, Nathan Keen, William Joseph Lewis, Brooke Morrison, Jennifer Mote, Katie Murphy, Jennifer Noble, Fred Odgaard, Patrick Ortiz, Jason Sermonia, Stephanie Sy and Kasey Walker.

The We Will Rock You band includes Rick Hip-Flores (Musical Director/Conductor), Brandon Ethridge (Assistant Conductor/Keyboards), Emily Marshall (Keyboards), Tristan Avakian (Guitar), Bob Wegner (Guitar), Mike Cohen (Bass), David Stevens (Percussion) and Danny Young (Drums).

This hilarious, multi-award-winning and record-breaking phenomenon is created by celebrated British comedian and writer Ben Elton (TV’s Mr. Bean and The Young Ones), and boasts a fantastic score of Queen’s biggest songs including “Another One Bites The Dust”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, “We Are The Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and, of course, “We Will Rock You.”

Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor are musical supervisors to the show, taking an active role in casting the singer/actors and musicians for every production worldwide.

The show is in its 12th year at The Dominion in London’s West End, one of London Theatreland’s biggest theatres, making it the venue’s longest-running production ever. We Will Rock You is now officially the ninth longest running show in the West End and was crowned the UK’s favorite show at the 2011 Olivier Awards, the UK equivalent of the Tony Awards, in a category voted entirely by members of the public.

Outside of the UK, the show has now been seen in local productions in 17 countries, playing to an audience of over 15 million people.

The original production of We Will Rock You is a Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Tribeca Theatrical Productions and Queen Theatrical Productions presentation.  Book and direction by Ben Elton. Music and Music Supervision by Queen/Roger Taylor and Brian May. Musical staging and choreography by Arlene Phillips. Design and Lights by Mark Fisher and Willie Williams. Sound by Bobby Aitken. Costumes by Tim Goodchild.

Queen Theatrical Productions is a production entity created especially by the band’s parent company Queen Productions Ltd to handle the development and production of We Will Rock You.

A full list of tour dates is below with more dates expected to be added. Tickets can be purchased at the show’s website.

Tour Dates:

10/15-10/20/13 — Baltimore, MD – Hippodrome Theatre
10/22-10/27/13 — Chicago, IL – Cadillac Palace Theatre
10/29-11/3/13 — Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center
11/5-11/10/13 — Boston, MA – Boston Opera House
11/12-11/17/13 — Nashville, TN – Andrew Jackson Hall
11/19-11/24/13 — Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
11/26-11/27/13 — Thunder Bay, ON – Canada The Community Auditorium
11/29-12/1/13 — Schenectady, NY – Proctors Theatre
12/3-12/8/13 — Raleigh, NC – Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
12/10-12/15/13 — Miami, FL – The Adrienne Arsht Center
12/17-12/22/13 — Fort Myers, FL – Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
1/7-1/12/14 — Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre
1/14-1/19/14 — Philadelphia, PA – Academy of Music
1/21-2/2/14 — Houston, TX – Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
3/4-3/16/14 — Dallas, TX – Music Hall at Fair Park
3/18-3/30/14 — St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
4/1-4/13/14 — Detroit, MI – Fisher Theatre
4/15-4/20/14 — Providence, RI – Providence Performing Arts Center
4/22-4/23/14 — Morgantown, WV – WVU Creative Arts Center
4/25-4/27/14 — New Haven, CT – The Shubert Theater
5/13- 5/18/14 — Tampa, FL – Straz Center for the Performing Arts
5/27-6/1/14 — Charlotte, NC – Belk Theater
6/10/-6/15/14 — Des Moines, IA – Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
7/15-8/24/14 — Los Angeles, CA – Ahmanson Theatre

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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