The show, written by Queen and West End legend Ben Elton, tells the story of creative youth Galileo (Popstars winner Noel Sullivan), who struggles to be individual in a futuristic world where creativity is repressed and music is computer-generated. Through going back to the rock greats of the 20th century, Galileo manages to free the world of conformity and liberate the planet.
We Will Rock You was the same old story of a musical which has had huge success in London but fails to make a lasting impression on tour. Understandably, the show runs with half the usual cast and opportunities for creative staging are limited, however the cast failed to truly captivate the audience until the closing 15 minutes.
That’s not to say that the talent on-stage wasn’t jaw-dropping. With four members of the cast from televised talent show backgrounds – including Rhydian Roberts from XFactor and Jenny Douglas from Over The Rainbow – the vocal performance from the cast was spine-tingling and captivating, in particular the version of Who Wants To Live Forever by Galileo and partner Scaramouche (Amanda Coutts), which prompted a few tearful sniffles from the back of the auditorium.
But the story was told with forced humour and a false energy which failed to get the audience on-side. Despite a talented ensemble, choreography was uninspired, leaving the outlandish costumes and a video backdrop to make an impression rather than the dancing talent.
With the exception of Scaramouche, who, with her blunt sarcasm, kept the show from completely falling on its feet, the characters were too pantomime to have any sort of depth, that is if you could bear to listen to the irritating accents long enough to hear what they had to say.
The finale, however, was worth the two hours of cringeworthy puns, as the cast blew the audience away with a rendition of title song We Will Rock You and an encore of Queen classic Bohemian Rhapsody, accompanied by a live band.
The show’s final saving was a surprise appearance and guitar solo from Queen member Brian May, who, after getting a screaming audience to their feet, truly showed them the definition of rock and roll.
With a massive following and an even bigger song list, expectations were high. Unfortunately, We Will Rock You flopped out rather than rocked out at the WMC.