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Peter Johansson has taken on the role of Galileo in "We Will Rock You" at the Dominion
Swedish born Peter Johansson has taken on the role of Galileo in Queen musical, We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre.
Peter Johansson becomes only the third actor to be awarded the role, following on from Tony Vincent, who created the role and now recreates it in the Las Vegas production, and the show's most recent Galileo, Mig Ayesa, who departs the show.
Peter Johansson, whose previous Europe-based stage achievements include lead roles in musicals such as 'Saturday Night Fever' and 'A Chorus Line', has understudied and frequently played the Galileo role during Ayesa's absence from the show. He now formally becomes the show's leading man, performing nightly alongside show veteran Hannah Jane Fox, cast in the role of Galileo's feisty on-off girlfriend, Scaramouche.
Since opening in London on 14 May 2002, following previews from 26 April 2002, the London production of We Will Rock You has sold over 2.1 million tickets. In August 2005 the show achieved the distinction of becoming the longest running show ever staged at the Dominion Theatre.
We Will Rock You , which has songs by Queen and book by Ben Elton, is directed by Christopher Renshaw, choreographed by Arlene Phillips, with designs by Mark Fisher and Willie Williams.
We Will Rock You does not chronicle the story of the band, Queen, rather it incorporates the songs of the rock group. The time is the future. Globalisation is complete. Everywhere, the kids watch the same movies wear the same fashions and think the same thoughts. It's a safe happy, Ga Gaworld. Unless your a rebel. Unless you want rock. On Planet Mall all musical instruments are banned. The company computers generate the tunes and everyone downloads them. But resistance is growing. Legend persists that somewhere on Planet Mall instruments still exist......
The show is currently taking bookings to 29 April 2006
Photo: Hannah Jane Fox (Scaramouche), Peter Johansson (Galileo) and Jeff Shankley (Pop)