Canada's We Will Rock You Cast Announced; Previews Begin March 14

News   Canada's We Will Rock You Cast Announced; Previews Begin March 14 Complete casting has been announced for the new Canadian production of the smash international pop musical We Will Rock You, the futuristic Queen-scored musical by writer-director Ben Elton.

David and Ed Mirvish announced the all-Canadian cast Jan. 30, when rehearsals begin toward its first performance March 14 at Toronto's Canon Theatre. The gala opening is April 10.

"Set 300 years in the future, in a time when live music is banned on earth, We Will Rock You is about the kids who are in rebellion, fighting against the all-powerful Globalsoft Corporation that controls their lives and feeds them a diet of synthesized pop," according to the producers. "Could the young Galileo and Scaramouche be the heroes needed who will help them 'break free' of their chains to rediscover themselves and live music?"

As previously announced, Yvan Pedneault will be the young Galileo, "the dreamer" who takes on the mighty Globalsoft corporation on his quest to re-ignite the power of live rock and roll; Erica Peck is Scaramouche, who stands alongside Galileo in the fight against Globalsoft; Alana Bridgewater is Killer Queen, the cold-hearted boss of Globalsoft; and Evan Buliung is silver-tongued, Armani-suited Khashoggi, the Killer Queen's henchman.

Just announced are Jack Langedijk as Pop, the hippy librarian who knows the secrets of the "texts" and leads Galileo and the rebels to the Place of Champions where the Mighty Queen's musical weapons are buried; Sterling Jarvis as badass Britney, the Bohemian who leads the rebels in their fight against the corporation; Suzie McNeil as Oz, the rock chick rebel with a killer voice and an attitude to match; Danny Balkwill as Big Macca; and Jewelle Blackman as Teacher.

The ensemble includes Matt Alfano, Breanne Arrigo, Adam Bolton, Nicole Bourgeois, Lindsay Croxall, Peter Deiwick, Kelly-Ann Evans, Kelly Fletcher, Brittany Gray, Deidrea Halley, Bryan Hindle, Melanie McInenly, Lindsay Owen Pierre, Jesse Robb, Talia Schlanger, Jason Sermonia, Valarie Stanois, Sam Strasfeld, Darren Voros and Scott Walters. With Brian May and Roger Taylor as music supervisors, We Will Rock You is written and directed by Ben Elton ("The Young Ones," "Blackadder," The Beautiful Game and Popcorn) and features 32 of Queen's greatest hits. Mark Fisher, production designer, and Willie Williams, lighting designer, have created set designs for Pink Floyd, Janet Jackson, The Rolling Stones and U2. Tim Goodchild is costume designer and Arlene Phillips (Starlight Express, Grease and Saturday Night Fever) is choreographer. Bobby Aitken (The Boyfriend, The Fix, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Grease and Mamma Mia!) is sound designer.

We Will Rock You is produced by David and Ed Mirvish and The Kimsa Group, in association with Queen Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and Tribeca Theatrical Productions.

The spectacle is now in its fifth sell-out year in London, and has seen productions in Australia, Spain, Russia and South Africa and is currently playing in Switzerland, Germany and Japan.

In 2007, We Will Rock You reopens in Spain.

The performance schedule will be Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $20-$94. Special student Wednesday matinee tickets are $20-$60, with $20 rush seats.

Tickets are on sale now at TicketKing at (416) 872-1212 or (800) 461-3333. For more information visit www.mirvish.com.