Toronto Hit We Will Rock You Will Close May 11; Canadian Tour Planned

News   Toronto Hit We Will Rock You Will Close May 11; Canadian Tour Planned
 
The Dora Award-winning musical We Will Rock You, in which 32 songs of Queen energize a futuristic story of a world where music is banned, will close at Toronto's Canon Theatre May 11. It will have played more than a year there.
Erica Peck, Yvan Pedneault and Jack Langedijk in We Will Rock You.
Erica Peck, Yvan Pedneault and Jack Langedijk in We Will Rock You. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

The Canadian production of the London hit was originally scheduled to play seven weeks, but the show kept getting extended. (Better-known titles such as The Producers and The Lord of the Rings had shorter-than-expected runs in Toronto.)

A Canadian tour of the show is being planned, but no further details have been announced for it.

Ben Elton (The Beautiful Game, Popcorn) wrote and directed the pop musical. Brian May and Roger Taylor are music supervisors.

By the time its Toronto run ends, We Will Rock You will have played 61 weeks, been seen by more than 700,000 people, and generated an estimated economic spin-off to the city of $250 million, according to the producers.

Producer David Mirvish stated, "I can't tell you how thrilled we are with the run of We Will Rock You in Toronto. The show has employed an extremely talented all-Canadian cast; in fact, introducing some major new talent, actors I know will go on to great careers. The show has also introduced live theatre to many young people, making them loyal theatregoers, if we are to judge by how often many of them have been to see We Will Rock You." Some "have attended a dozen or more times," he said.

The show is about to enter its seventh year in London and is also playing in long-running engagements in major cities around the world.

Here's how the show is billed: "Set 300 years in the future, in a time when live music is banned on Earth, We Will Rock You is about the rebellious kids, fighting against the all-powerful Globalsoft Corporation that controls their lives and feeds them a diet of synthesized pop. 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?"

The all-Canadian cast features Yvan Pedneault as Galileo, Erica Peck as Scaramouche, Alana Bridgewater as the Killer Queen, Adam Brazier as Khashoggi, Jack Langedijk as Pop, Sterling Jarvis as Duff and Valerie Stanois as Oz.

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

The Canon Theatre is located at 244 Victoria Street. For more information, visit www.mirvish.com or www.wewillrockyou.ca.

Sterling Jarvis and the cast of <i>We Will Rock You</i>.
Sterling Jarvis and the cast of We Will Rock You. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann
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