Queen Jukebox Musical ‘We Will Rock You’ Opens At Rock Island’s Circa 21!
Opening its eagerly awaited 46th season with what the British Theatre Guide calls “spectacle worthy of a rock video,” Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse will treat patrons to an audience with the Queen – or rather, simply Queen – in the Quad Cities premiere of WE WILL ROCK YOU. Running through March 11, this high-energy celebration of the legendary rock and pop band boasts two dozen timeless hits including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “Somebody to Love” and the iconic title tune and will be brought to stage life by an exceptional cast of professional actors!
Circa ’21 will present performances of WE WILL ROCK YOU on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday matinées at 1:15 p.m. Pre-show entertainment featuring the theatre’s wait staff the Bootleggers also will precede all performances. Ticket prices are $60.55 for the evening dinner-and-show productions and $53.73 for the Wednesday matinées.
Reservations are available through the Circa ’21 ticket office. For reservations, contact the theatre at 1828 3rd Ave. in Rock Island or by calling 309-786-7733 ext. 2.
Conceived and created by Ben Elton, WE WILL ROCK YOU is set 300 years in the future in a globally corporate world. Planet Earth has been renamed the Planet Mall, and its leader – the sinister Killer Queen – has banned all non-computer generated music. She has heard of a prophecy involving hidden instruments on the planet and a “Dreamer” who will show her people the way to freedom, and consequently orders her chief of police to crush any potential rebellion. Meanwhile, the young student Galileo is desperate to break free from this capitalist world. He hears lyrics in his dreams and is heralded as the star of the prophecy by the Bohemians who have been searching for the lost instruments. To fulfill the prophecy, Galileo must evade the clutches of the Killer Queen and finally bring back rock’s Holy Grail: the Brian May guitar buried in the remains of Wembley Stadium.
With additionally beloved Queen tunes including “Under Pressure,” “I Want It All,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Fat Bottomed Girls” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” WE WILL ROCK YOU has enjoyed numerous international and touring productions and has been seen in six of the world’s continents. For Circa ’21’s presentation, the director/choreographer and music director are the respective team of Amy McCleary and Ron May, who previously collaborated at the theatre on the musical hits Saturday Night Fever in 2021 and Disaster in 2022.
The heroic Galileo, meanwhile, is portrayed by Cameron Nies and Circa ’21’s WE WILL ROCK YOU ensemble is completed by a blend of familiar talents and those making their Rock Island debuts: Bobby Becher, Derrick Bertram, Natalie Carrera, Marc Christopher, Abigail Graham, Sarah Hayes, Mekhi Holloway, Kevin Korczynski, Taylor Lynn, Anthony Milfelt, Michaela Moore, Caitie Moss, Tristan Tapscott and Kiera Lynn.
Circa ’21’s entire staff is thrilled to be opening their sensational 46th season with such an energetic and unforgettable musical and urges audience members to reserve tickets for what is certain to be a hot-selling wintertime treat. Call the Circa ’21 ticket office at 309-786-7733 ext. 2 for reservations and share in a “crazy little thing called love” with the royal fun of WE WILL ROCK YOU!