We Will Rock You: Finally Back In Germany!
QUEEN and Ben Elton global hit musical opening at the Colosseum Theater Essen
Limited run from 11th April until 30th June 2013!
Essen, April 2013.
From April 2013 Essen will really be rocking: WE WILL ROCK YOU, the original QUEEN musical with the 21 biggest hits of the cult band finally returns after five years to North-Rhine Westphalia for three months only (no possibility for extension)! The international hit has been the most successful musical in Cologne, where it played continuously for four years between 2004 and 2008, impressing over two million theatre-goers.
Over thirteen million spectators worldwide, five million alone at the Dominion Theatre, one of the biggest theatres in London’s West End, make WE WILL ROCK YOU one of the most successful musicals of all times. No wonder that WE WILL ROCK YOU won the prestigious Olivier Audience Award 2011. The spectacular original London version was written by the award-winning best-selling author Ben Elton (Mr. Bean) and was produced by Queen Theatrical Productions together with Robert de Niro’s Tribeca Theatrical Productions and Phil McIntyre Entertainment. Music and lyrics were of course written by QUEEN. The show is written and directed by Ben Elton. In Basel too, rock icons Brian May and Roger Taylor themselves are in charge of the music, as the legendary QUEEN songs do not only form the framework for the story, but also guarantee its absolutely sensational, extravagant Rock sound.
Brian May: “We are thrilled that we can present WE WILL ROCK YOU in this latest technically revised version for the first time for Germany in Essen. It is impressive to see the audience jump and sing along, swinging their hands, simply having fun. We are very proud of this german production. It is like no other in the world. The ensemble and the group have their very own style. But what matters most…the show is live, dangerous and more than anything else: it rocks!”
The bombastic rock show has already impressed over two million spectators during its four-year run at the Musical Dome in Cologne. Already back then the original production, adapted to local peculiarities, fascinated the German audience. But that was not all. For the first time in Germany, the show in Essen will include the sensational, technically completely revamped video animations created by production designer Mark Fischer in collaboration with the renowned lighting designer Willie Williams. Fisher and Williams have staged numerous spectacular rock shows and they are particularly famous for their work with U2.
The story of QUEEN is one of the most remarkable in pop culture: More than 170 million albums sold worldwide, eighteen number-one albums, numerous number-one singles and DVDs, joining the Rock & Roll and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, over 700 concerts all over the world, including the historic appearance at Live Aid and a Guinness Book of World Records Award for the most successful UK chart album in history. QUEEN was and is one of the greatest rock groups of all time. 2011 marked the mega-group’s fortieth anniversary. WE WILL ROCK YOU crowns the group’s incredible success story in an impressive way.
WE WILL ROCK YOU tells the story of a globalized future without musical instruments. A handful of rock rebels, the “Bohemians”, fight against the all-powerful Globalsoft company and its boss, the Killer Queen; they fight for freedom, individuality and the rebirth of the age of rock. Scaramouche and Galileo, two young outsiders, cannot come to terms with the bleak conformist reality. They join the Bohemians and embark on the search to find the unlimited power of freedom, love and Rock!
From 11th April 2013, the very first "rock-theatrical", as the legendary QUEEN guitarist Brian May has called it, will be at the Colosseum Theatre in Essen until July 2013 only in its original production, in a German-language elaborate version.
With a wink and many ironic sideswipes WE WILL ROCK YOU is more than just a show title, more than a musical and more than a rock concert - it is a promise: WE WILL ROCK YOU!