It’s been confirmed that a new bio-musical about the rise to fame of the Bee Gees is in the works, and could be eyeing a place in the West End.
Universal Theatrical Group is the team behind...
We Will Rock You, to become the longest running musical to play at London's Dominion Theatre
We Will Rock You displaces the previous record holder, Robert Stigwood's Grease, which ran at the Dominion for 3 years and 3 months. In setting a new performance record at the theatre, "We Will Rock You" also outruns other box office hits Beauty and the Beast, which played for 2 years 7 months, and Dave Clark's Time, formerly the third longest-running show at 2 years.
We Will Rock You's 39-month run at the Dominion also puts it ahead of the filmed version of The Sound of Music, which stayed on screen at the Dominion for a little over 3 years.
The show's achievement will be recognised with a special performance of the show next Wednesday, August 17th, in the presence of show creators Brian May, Roger Taylor and Ben Elton.
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. The show has also opened in Spain, Australia, and Germany, as well as in Vegas and Japan.
Globally, the show has now been seen by an audience of more than 4 million. Next year sees productions open in South Africa, Switzerland and Italy.
London Dominion Theatre
Top 5 Longest Running Musicals
1. We Will Rock You
2. Grease - 3 years 3 months
3. Beauty and the Beast - 2 years 7 months
4. Time - 2 years
5. Notre Dame de Paris - 1 year 5 months
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 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......
The show is currently taking bookings to 29 April 2006