Could UK's Hit Musical Based on Songs by Queen Be Coming to Manila?

"Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?"

we will rock you queen musical
UK Tour (For illustrative purposes only)
PHOTO BY website/queenonline.com/wwry

(SPOT.ph) Jukebox musicals aren't anything new in the long and rich history of musical theater. On our shores, OPM was front and center in Philippine theater in the last decade, such as when Sa Wakas (based on songs by Sugarfree) premiered in 2013, Rak of Aegis (based on songs by Aegis) was staged annually from 2014 to 2019, and Ako Si Josephine (based on songs by Yeng Constantino) ran in 2016. And it looks like another jukebox musical is coming to our theaters soon! This time, it's a West End show that first opened at the Dominion Theatre in London in 2002: We Will Rock You, which is told through songs of the British rock band Queen. Or at least that's what we think after GMG Productions teased a poster on their online accounts bearing the lines "Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?" with the caption, "Ready, Freddie?" The former are lyrics from Queen's famous song "Bohemian Rhapsody," while the latter references the band's frontman Freddie Mercury. So, what else could it be? Details have yet to be revealed, but we're already excited even with just the thought that we're seeing an international musical again after months of theater closure (and uncertainty) due to COVID.

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About We Will Rock You Musical

We Will Rock You musical, which features Queen's songs in the backdrop of a fictional plot by Ben Elton, tells the story of a group of Bohemians living for free thought, no-holds-barred fashion sense, and all-original live music in a seemingly dystopic setting where rock-and-roll doesn't exist. Recognized as the 11th longest-running musical in West End history, the show has toured all over the United Kingdom and Ireland in 2009, 2010, and 2019. International productions of the musical also went on tour in Australia, North America, and Australasia.

GMG Productions was also behind bringing international theater shows to the Philippines, including Cats, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Mamma Mia, Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, and Wicked. Remember when we would head out to The Theatre at Solaire in Parañaque City pre-pandemic? 

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