Musical Queen “We will rock you” with a guest appearance at the Leipzig Arena

Leipzig. The year is 2070. Place: Ipad. When it was still known as Earth, there was freedom, love, creativity. Today it is all just a distant memory, thanks to the technology company Globalsoft. Individuality is a crime, instead of true friends you only have digital friends, music is no longer composed, but programmed. According to the prologue, it all started with a strange event called “DSDS”. But there is resistance.

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It sounds like (and is based on) the 1970s Hollywood B-movie, but that’s the premise of We Will Rock You, a Queen musical written by Ben Elton, co-written by Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen and which premiered in London in May 2002. It has been operating in several German cities since 2004 and a third tour is currently on the program. At that time, the performance, after several years postponed because of Corona, appeared for the first time in Leipzig on Friday.

The Chosen One saves the world …

Now, a dystopia reminiscent of both “1984” and “Mad Max” is probably not what you associate with Queen’s power rock, so it takes some time before the production’s completely tacky appeal is revealed. Of course, this is also the merit of the main character, Galileo Figaro (Ricardo Greco), who does not want to play the role of the “chosen”: the clumsy, slightly goofy Johnny who very aptly describes himself as “Lusche” at some point in the play. But because he hears the music of the good old days in his head, he is seen as a threat by the system under the thumb of the despotic Assassin Queen (Linda Holmgren), he wants to break out of the system and find the resistance of the Bohemians who find themselves in the hidden underworld.

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Fortunately, the script provides him with a co-hero named Scaramoche (Inga Krischke) who, as a snotty rebel with an un-fucking attitude, represents the complete antithesis of his character and takes his role as the chosen one with a lot of cynicism. Between the lines, the script also gives her the role of the protagonist.

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But honestly, the story is just the glue that holds the music together, which is naturally the main theme of the musical – especially one that is made up of two dozen Queen songs. And fortunately most of the time, dialogues only last two or three minutes before playing the next song. All songs are in English with slightly adapted lyrics. For example, in “One Vision”, the anthem of the fascist group Globalsoft, “One Heart, One Soul” becomes “Without heart, without soul”. There is not much else to hear on Friday as the mix of voices is too quiet, at least in the inter-chorus parts.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter either: the music here is less a carrier of meanings and more of a carrier of feelings and atmosphere. And thanks to extensive dance choreographies, imaginative light shows and great voices, especially from the female side (i.e. Krischke and Holmgren), songs such as “Killer Queen”, “Under Pressure”, “Fat bottomed Girls” or “Another one bites the Dust” . “they keep you entertained even without Freddy Mercury. Singing Organ and Presence for Enthusiasm.

A comedy between an apartment and the present

The same goes for the plot at the latest in the second half – albeit in a different way. The search for a sacred artifact called “guitar” still cannot be taken seriously, but as the humor becomes more and more absurd and deprecating, the fun with everything that happens on stage comes to the fore. The comedy ranges from flat (“I’m a groupie and roadie in one, so I guess I have to have sex with myself. As always.”) And zeitgeist (“Filled up? Are you broke now?”). called himself “the meanest and most terrifying rock star of all time”, ends with an eternal sentence: “Helene Fischer died for us!”

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Left: John Leonard Davies as Khashoggi, henchman of the Killer Queen.

Left: John Leonard Davies as Khashoggi, henchman of the Killer Queen.

After two and a half hours of net work with a break, the hit series ends with a big group encore “Bohemian Rhapsody” and by that time at the latest the initial skepticism has disappeared, the whole audience is standing, pure, unadulterated fun in the extravagant spectacle, wonderfully absurd, dominates the history and above all all in great music. Anyway – spoiler alert – does not come off the tape. Even if it sounds so good, you might think it at first.

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