PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Scaramouche, Scaramouche!" On the Road With We Will Rock You Leading Lady Ruby Lewis

By Matthew Blank
10 Jul 2014

The legendary rock band Queen is everywhere right now! The group is making its way across the nation (with a July 17 stop in NYC), and their musical We Will Rock You continues to tour North America. Ruby Lewis, who stars as "Scaramouche" in the show, documented the rehearsal process and first few stops on the road.





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Oz and Scara pretending to be cast members in Once
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Lewis has toured with Jersey Boys, Grease and Gypsy and appeared in regional productions of 9 to 5 (Doralee) and Legally Blonde (Elle). Screen work includes "Medium," "Brothers & Sisters," "Rules of Engagement," "Hart of Dixie" and "Masters of Sex."

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Featuring a book by Ben Elton, the U.K. jukebox musical that utilizes the songs of the rock band Queen is in its 11th year at London's Dominion Theatre..

The cast features Brian Justin Crum (Next to Normal) as Galileo, PJ Griffith (Giant) as Kashoggi, Jacqueline Arnold (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Killer Queen, Jared Zirilli (Lysistrata Jones) as Britney, original Toronto cast member Ruby Lewis as Scaramouche, Ryan Knowles as Pop and Erica Peck as Oz.

The cast is completed by Danny Balkwill, Samantha Berman, Bentley Black, Jessica Crouch, Saccha Dennis, Sam Digiuseppe, Suzanna Dupree, Daniel Greenberg, Stephen Hernandez, Nathan Keen, William Joseph Lewis, Brooke Morrison, Jennifer Mote, Katie Murphy, Jennifer Noble, Fred Odgaard, Patrick Ortiz, Jason Sermonia, Stephanie Sy and Kasey Walker.

We Will Rock You has book and direction by Ben Elton, music and music supervision by Queen/Roger Taylor and Brian May, musical staging and choreography by Arlene Phillips, design and lights by Mark Fisher and Willie Williams, sound by Bobby Aitken and costumes by Tim Goodchild.

The U.S. tour of the two-and-a-half-hour musical is presented by Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations.

The We Will Rock You band includes Rick Hip-Flores (musical director/conductor), Brandon Ethridge, Emily Marshall, Tristan Avakian, Bob Wegner, Mike Cohen, David Stevens and Danny Young.

"This show is all about legend," Elton said in a previous statement. "We take the legend of Queen and create our own fantastical story of young kids battling the mighty corporation who wants to suppress their individuality and their love of music. They need a hero who can help them in their struggle, and we have two – the dreamer Galileo, and the sassy rock chick Scaramouche. Guess who ends up winning?"

Here's how it's billed: "We Will Rock You takes place in a future age on a planet once called Earth that is now controlled by a mighty corporation. Globalization is complete. Individuality is taboo. Everyone watches the same movies, wears the same clothes and thinks the same thoughts. Music is generated by the corporation's computers, rock music is unheard and all musical instruments are banned. The hope of breaking free rests with an unlikely resistance – an alliance of rebel Bohemians, waiting for a hero to lead the battle to bring the power of rock back to the people."

Visit wewillrockyou.com.