MomMomOnTheGo and crew headed on down to Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park the other night to check out the Theatre Under the Stars production of We Will Rock You.
It is 300 years in the future. A post-apocalyptic world is ruled by the Globalsoft Corporation and its sinister leader Killer Queen. But a pair of dreamers – Galileo and Scaramouche – are ready to ‘break free’ from this control and mount a rock-and-roll fuelled revolution!
Featuring more than 20 hits from Queen’s iconic songbook including ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘We Are the Champions’, ‘Another One Bites the Dust’, and many more – the fist-pumping, foot-stomping anthem to individuality arrives in Stanley Park having rocked more than 16 million audience members around the globe!
Blending the excitement of a musical with the electricity of a concert, We Will Rock You is a high-octane feast for the senses and a triumphant tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time.
When we headed to the show, it wasn’t under the stars for us that night, it was under the raindrops. Yes, the show must go on is the motto for Theatre Under the Stars and the show did go on. As we walked into the outdoor venue, we were handed a pretty good poncho that protected us quite well for the show. I do recommend bringing something to dry your seat though or to sit on as well.
The show runs for approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes including a 15 minute intermission. Make sure you go the the bathroom before the start of the show as we had to wait approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes for the intermission. You can leave during the show to use the washroom across the way in the Stanley Park Pavilion, but you probably won’t want to leave and miss any of this show. When the intermission did come around, we ventured off to the washrooms across the way (sorry I hate porta potties) and while in the lineup I heard some complaining that the intermission should have been sooner. For me, I was enjoying the show so much that I could not believe an hour and 30 minutes had already gone by.
I looked at everyone in my party, who were not to thrilled to be going to the show in the rain at the start of the night, and asked if everyone wanted to stay…all I saw were smiles and heard a yes, this is an awesome show. So we stayed, in the rain, right through to the end of the show.
The show had a couple of sound problems at the start where the mics cut out, but that happened for a short time only twice and then the sound was perfect the rest of the night.
I have to say that I did not enjoy the bright lights they have at the start of the show lighting up out to the audience. It is hard on your eyes and seeing as it was not dark yet, not sure if they are needed. This really has nothing to do with the show itself, but while you are sitting waiting for the show, it is really hard on the eyes to have those bright lights beaming out at you.
There are two main dining options for the show which are: Stanley’s Bar & Grill and the Garden Cafe. We checked in at the Stanley Bar & Grill just before the show to see what there was to offer and found out that it closes at 7 pm. We did not get any popcorn or beverages for during the show as we really just wanted to hide under our ponchos to stay dry. If it had been a sunny evening, it would have been nice to have the popcorn and a beverage to enjoy while watching the show.
We Will Rock You was an amazing performance. There were a lot of talented singers and actors up on the stage the evening that we went but there was one that stood out above all the rest…Killer Queen played by Steffanie Davis. Davis’ voice controlled the night air, I am sure that even the wildlife in the area stopped and took notice when she stepped onto the stage. I found myself thinking throughout the show, when will Killer Queen be back on stage.
Spenst has an awesome voice as well and was enjoyable to watch. Spenst was another character that I was happy to see each time she stepped back out on the stage for her next scene.
Zerr was so fun in his character, Brit. The energy that Zerr put out could be felt to the back rows of the audience. Zerr certainly made the audience smile and laugh.
We Will Rock You will have you singing and stomping to music all night long. With more than 20 of Queen’s songs, you will be sure to love every note you hear.
We all thoroughly enjoyed We Will Rock You but I can say that I would only every do Theatre Under the Stars in the rain that one time. I highly recommend buying the $5 a ticket Exchange Insurance and if the weather is not looking great, change to another night unless you are a more adventurous person than I am.
My group does want to head back to Theatre Under the Stars and are thinking about getting tickets to the Something Rotten!.
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