The futuristic rock musical was first announced as a limited seven-week engagement, and it blossomed into a popular run that was fueled by unique ticket discounts that lured in a younger crowd and repeat business.
The run of We Will Rock You played in two different theatres (the Canon Theatre and, currently, the Panasonic Theatre) and will have been seen by an audience of one million by its final performance.
Here's how producers bill the internationally popular show: "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, Camilla Scott as Khashoggi, Jack Langedijk as Pop, Sterling Jarvis as Duff and Valerie Stanois as Oz.
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 Boys in the Photograph and Popcorn) and features 32 of Queen's greatest hits. 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 Toronto production won the 2007 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Musical.
We Will Rock You opened April 10, 2007, after previews from March 14.
The musical is a London hit and has been seen in Australia, Spain, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Germany and Japan.