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Queen musical "We Will Rock You" announces new cast
Queen musical We Will Rock You now approaching its second anniversary at the Dominion Theatre, an achievement which will be recognised by a special Gala Performance for Sports Relief on 11 May 2004, has seen a number of new cast members take the stage this week.
Replacing original cast members Nigel Planer (Pop), Sharon D. Clarke (Killer Queen), and Kerry Ellis (Meat) who made their final appearances last weekend, and Tony Vincent (Galileo), who departed the show earlier this year, the production now sees these leading roles played by:
Mig Ayesa the role of 'Galileo'. Mig’s previous West End musical roles have seen him appear as Angel in "Rent", Danny in "Grease", and Richie Valens in "Buddy".
Mazz Murray the role of 'Killer Queen'. Mazz is the daughter of 60’s hit songwriter Mitch Murray, and film actress Grazine Frame. Mazz has worked extensively in theatre with credits including "Fame" at the Victoria Palace, Maureen in "Rent", Pasty Cline and Dusty Springfield in "Only The Lonely".
Jenna Lee-James the role of 'Meat'. From Glasgow, Jenna made hear earliest stage appearance at the age of 10 at the Kings Theatre. During those early years she also appeared in "Annie", "The Boyfriend", and as Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz".
Mark Arden the role of 'Pop'. Mark was most recently seen as The Inspector in "An Inspector Calls" at The Garrick and as Sergeant Mitcham in "The Short and the Tall" at The Albery.
Hannah Jane Fox continues to play 'Scaramouche'. Hannah joined "We Will Rock You" from her role in the ensemble of Boy George’s "Taboo" and prior to that, roles in "Hot Stuff" and "Rent". Hannah is a writer and musician and is currently working on her first solo album, which she intends to launch with a West End showcase featuring her and her band.
In other leading roles, Clive Carter continues to play 'Khashoggi', and Nigel Clauzel remains in the role of 'Britney'.
With over 700 performances behind it, and a box office gross to date of over £41,000,000 We Will Rock You is currently booking to 30 April 2005.
The success of the original London show has seen spin-off productions open in Australia and Spain, with further openings this year in Las Vegas (September), Moscow (October) and Germany (December). Further openings are scheduled in South Africa, Italy, Japan and Canada.
The show, which has songs by Queen and book by Ben Elton, opened to poor notices from the popular press in May 2002, but this did not effect box office receipts as the show continues to play to near packed houses, particularly at the weekends.
It 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 in a similar way that Abba songs are used in 'Mamma Mia!'. 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......