Saw the tour this afternoon and was a bit disappointed to be honest.
The book has never been cutting edge and the revisions go someway to making it relevant for today’s audiences (the idea that we all live our lives online) but this could go even further.
The leads sang well but I found the acting (with exception of Buddy) somewhat stilted.
The choreography was not on a par with Arlene Phillip’s original.
I looked forward to the projections but ended up making the show look cheap. The live video feeds are poor quality. The motorbike is embarrassing and is pushed off by stage crew in full view of audience.
Also, One Vision at the start of Act 2 is no longer sung by the Gaga kids. I have no idea what the ensemble we supposed to be.
The killer queen scenes lack the flamboyance of previous production.
I wish the re-imagined version had re-designed the marketing as I had expected to see the version that had previously toured.
Won’t be revisiting this version in a hurry.
Oh dear, this doesn't sound great. This is being produced by the same company as OFAH (Phil McIntyre) and if that is anything to go by, I shall not be seeing this anytime soon. I agree using the same marketing is deceiving.
I suspected with Phil McIntyre being attached to this that it was going to be pretty poor. We weren't ever going to get the spectacle of the Dominion production but I'd hoped for better than this...! I'll probably still go on a cheap seat, as the show has personal value (was the final show I did at school so I have a soft spot for it!)
I saw this last night. I have always liked We Will Rock You, it is a bit of a guilty pleasure so I was always going to go see it. Hearing those songs live is always such a treat but that really is where the treats stop with this production.
Physical set is non existent. There is a number of LED screens and some very small set pieces which are really flimsy.
The visuals used were nothing special in my opinion and lighting ques were missed.
This is also is the poorest cast production of WWRY in my opinion. Ian McIntosh, Adam Strong, Amy Di Bartolomeo & Ensemble member Emily Olive Boyd really stood out but after that quality was poor. Elena Skye has an amazing voice but she fails massively in delivering the comedy one liners and the laughs are just not there. The less said about David Michael Johnson the better. Jenny O’Leary feels really miscast here. She doesnt have the dominance Killer Queen requires and her walking back and forth during every one of her numbers got quite boring.
The choreography on this production is woefully poor, cringy in places. You really are left longing for the Arlene Phillips choreography.
It was a sell out in Dublin and sure it will be in most cities but this is a really poor production. Great to hear the songs live and the band are super but that's it.
Caught this last weekend. Lots of corpsing as it went on, couldn't say if it was scripted or not but the audience were eating it up and it looked like genuine fun on stage. It did take a while to take off but the songs just make it indestructible.
The digital set worked despite the rickety steps that clearly had a stage hand holding them in place. A bit of clumsy banging during one scene transition but the motorcycle exit was deftly handled by Buddy Holly with a wink.
Hated it in the Dominion but on tour it's the perfect combination of cheese and ham.
Is it just me or did "Who Wants to Live Forever?" and the "Flash" and "Seven Seas of Rhye" section used to be the other way around? I remember when One Vision ended I thought they had cut WWTLF as I clearly remember it coming first in the previous version.
Post by irisjeregenboog on Nov 20, 2019 11:58:21 GMT
Saw this last night and it was everything I expected it to be (which is to say: not much). I knew going into this that it probably wouldn't be my cup of tea, since I don't really know the music of Queen very well (I know the big songs when I hear them, but other than that, I don't know much about them) and I had read here that the production value wasn't very high. I agree with most of the comment above by Sean, although I haven't seen another production to compare it to.
As people have mentioned here already: the book is complete nonsense. I cringed through it and it didn't feel like a lot of thought had been put into it. I liked the last 20/30 minutes of the show the best, where they decided not to bother with a story anymore and just sang lots of songs in succession.
I think the cast did what they could with the direction and choreography they had been given. As said, the choreography is appalling. How did this get on stage? I was sat all the way up in the balconies, and I can tell you that the stage wasn't nicely filled all the time. It seemed very empty indeed and certain scenes with just a couple of people on stage that should be able to carry such a scene felt very empty. If that makes sense. There were also times that I thought only part of the ensemble was used for dance numbers (maybe 4 people) and the rest was absent, even though I couldn't detect the need for costume changes or things like that. I would have liked more big ensemble numbers with everyone rocking on stage. I thought the teacher was a particularly bad dancer, who I could see going through the motions without much enthusiasm. That also took part of my enthusiasm away.
Most of the jokes fell flat. I expected some jokes to go over my head, as I don't have the necessary Queen knowledge, but the entire audience seemed to miss quite a few of the jokes, although there were lots snickers for some as well. Some things I just didn't find funny. Vie-dee-o? Britney Spears? Ha ha. Not really my humour, although I appreciate what the writers were going for Maybe it was also the delivery of the lines that made them less funny. I just couldn't get into it.
In my row, about 6-8 people left in the interval, although I don't think it was necessarily due to them not liking the musical. One couple left to go home to their sick child (the mom was texting with said child during the first act. I didn't dare interfere, but the brave woman next to me said something and made the mom put the phone away. Why didn't they just stay home?). Another family of 3 with a (I assume) special needs girl left after the first act as well. I was really happy to see (and hear) her enjoy the show, but she got a bit too loud at the end of the first act, so maybe the parents thought it was enough theatre excitement for the evening
All in all, I am glad I went, because now I can have an opinion on it and I know for sure I am not missing out on something Most of the audience seemed to really enjoy it though and the songs were of course the highlights and really well done. I can see how this show could easily become someone's guilty pleasure