Review: We Will Rock You, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Seren Howells visits Wales Millennium Centre to see the Ben Elton and Queen produced musical, We Will Rock You.

We Will Rock You, the musical by Queen and Ben Elton, tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same.

The songs chosen help drive the story and character development throughout the whole show. Queen classics such as Radio Gaga and These Are The Days of Our Lives help set the scene and bring the world to life.

Standout performances from cast members include Jenn O’Leary as Killer Queen who portrayed the baddie amazingly and Martina Ciabatti Mennell as Meat whose vocals and stage presence, really drew my attention when she was on the stage.

A scene from the Queen / Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You, playing at Wales Millennium Centre Credit: Johan Persson

The ensemble performed amazing synchronised choreography while showing different dynamics and styles throughout different numbers in the show.

We Will Rock You’s set is quite simple; however, it is very effective with curtains to enable the band to showcase their talent while many different graphics help set the scene demonstrate how the characters world is defined by the internet and technology.

Light design was done effectively to really help convey the rock effect, makeing you feel that you were at a rock concert. This of course was embellished by the talent of the on-stage performers. TThe lighting also drew your attention to different areas of the stage where you may have not looked enabling you to pick up on the most inticate of details adding to the experience further.

Finally, Ian McIntosh as Galileo, Elena Skye as Scaramouche, and Michael Mckell as Cliff were outstanding and brought comedy with all their rock music references. They really helped bring the show to life, with their amazing vocal and storytelling skills.

If you love the electricity of an upbeat musical, you’re sure to go Radio Gaga over We Will Rock You, the Queen of all rock operas!

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