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We Will Rock You - Regent Theatre

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by Cate Altamura (subscribe)
Ever since I was 7-years-old, I knew I wanted to be a writer and made my own Mr Men books. Today, I am a freelance writer and have the privilege to review bands, theatre and comedy across Melbourne, not to mention interview some incredible artists.
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Melbourne are you ready to be rocked non-stop?
I've reviewed hundreds of shows over the years and We Will Rock You is a definite stand-out. Perhaps the best I've seen to date. Non-stop, heart-pounding classics made up the show including Bohemian Rhapsody, I Want to Break Free and We Are The Champions. Opening night at the ethereal Regent Theatre in Melbourne was electrifying and the energy did not waver for one moment.

Inspired by the music of Queen, writer/director Ben Elton has beautifully captured the spirit of rock music. Seen by over 16 million people in 28 countries, the sensational production pays homage to the world of rock with Queen at the core.

we Will Rock You, Queen, Ben Elton
Scaramouche and Galileo

Set in the future on iPlanet, uniformity runs supreme and instruments have been banned. Auto tuners and computer-generated music have replaced electric guitars and music with soul. Those who want to "rock on" are considered rebels and the Bohemians are a dying breed in a soulless world. Legend has it that instruments exist and the Bohemians alongside Galileo Figaro (Gareth Keegan) and Scaramouche (Erin Clare) endeavour to save the Golden Age. Brian Mannix (Buddy), Casey Donovan (Killer Queen), Jaz Flowers (Oz), Thern Reynolds (Brit) and Simon Russell (Khashoggi) were perfectly cast as the central leads and hypnotic to watch.

We Will Rock You, Queen, Ben Elton
Get ready to be rocked

Special mention goes out to our Killer Queen Casey Donovan. Donovan's has come a long way from her days on The Voice and her powerful voice continues to radiate. I loved Uncanny X-Men back in the day and Mannix dominated each scene he was in as Buddy. The narrative moved at a brisk pace and was peppered with hysterical one-liners.

Leading the band was the talented David Skelton who appeared intermittently and garnered the audience's respect. Resident choreographer Siobhan Ginty worked her magic and filled the stage with drama and intrigue. Get ready to be rocked to the very end. A must see!

VENUE: Regent Theatre Melbourne
SEASON: Until 30 October
PERFORMANCE TIMES: Tues 7pm, Wed–Sat 8pm, Sat Matinee 2pm, Sunday 1pm & 6pm
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Why? Non-stop heart-pounding show
Phone: 1300 111 011
Where: Regent Theatre Melbourne
Cost: From $69.90
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