Queen catalog stars in musical 'We Will Rock You'

2013-10-23T15:15:00Z 2013-10-23T17:14:17Z Queen catalog stars in musical 'We Will Rock You'Eloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

The music of legendary rock band Queen jumps into the spotlight this week on stage in Chicago.

"We Will Rock You," which opened Tuesday, continues through Oct. 27 at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre. The production, presented by Broadway in Chicago, along with Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations, is a musical by Queen and Ben Elton.

It features 24 of Queen's chart toppers and revolves around a silly futuristic storyline in which a group of bohemians are in search of the esoteric concept called "real" music, which has been obliterated by the digital world.

"It's such an honor to be working on this show," said Rick Hip-Flores, musical director and conductor for "We Will Rock You."

"There's such a treasure trove of great songs," said Hip-Flores, about the Queen hits in the production.

While the show stars Brian Justin Crum as Galileo, Ruby Lewis as Scaramouche and a cast of other colorful characters, the band is also a star of this show as they deliver the British rock band's stellar tunes.

Among songs featured in the show are "We Are the Champions," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," Another One Bites the Dust," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and others.

"The audiences every night are so energized by the show and so enthusiastic. They clap and sing to the songs," said Hip-Flores. The music director said he's seen varied ages in the audience which is quite a testament to the music. "There's been unbelievable audience response to this show," he added.

Hip-Flores said the "Queen catalog is special" and resonates with fans and music lovers for many reasons. The group's tunes, he said, were unlike other rock bands' songs and featured sophisticated vocal arrangements and orchestrations.

The musical is considered the ninth longest running show in London's West End and is now in its 12th year at The Dominion.

"We Will Rock You" will run through Oct. 27 at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Tickets for the show are $18 to $85. For more information, call (800) 775-2000 or visit BroadwayInChicago.com.



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