Freddie Mercury and Queen fans in the Kansas City area possess a wonderful opportunity this week to hear the legendary music of the rock group, Queen, and laugh along with the characters in the cast of the musical comedy, “We Will Rock You,” that opened Tuesday night, June 18 under the stars at Starlight Theatre, located in historic Swope Park.
Starlghit’s newest week-long production, opened with a rousing raucous crowd hell-bent on rocking out with the music of Queen. Most of the close seats were filled, and only the far back corner’s contained many open seats. Overall, Starlight’s amphitheater stood about three quarters full for the opening.
The comedy, “We Will Rock You,” follows a very funny but weak plot. The show, set in the future, opens with two seemingly outcasts enjoy standing apart from the crowd and somehow know that rock ‘n roll still exists in a futuristic society where rock music has been squelched.
The show follows a simplest the plot that mainly Springs together the music from the rock band, Queen. Even though the plot line is simple, it is full of laughs and references to both past and present pop artists. One male character, for instance, is known as Britney Spears. Another character is known as Buddy Holly and the Crickets. The male lead is known as Galileo Figaro. His female counterpart is known as Scaramouche.
Along their journey to find the Hard Rock Café and those fringe individuals who still believe in the dream of rock ‘n roll, they encounter other colorful and unique individuals such as the Killer Queen. Their mission: to find and recover the last known musical instrument from the rock ages. In this case is an electric guitar. Once found, rock music regenerates and ignites a generation to celebrate the history of the loss music.
“We Will Rock You,” a traveling national tour musical, brings a highly talented cast of singers and dancers and actors form on Starlight’s stage. The singing and the voices are phenomenal. The traveling band that companies the musical is spellbinding. From the very first notes of the show, starlight’s new sound system booms loud bass sounds that audience members feel as it vibrates throughout the amphitheater.
Because the show utilizes a lots of visual and lighting effects, the opening was delayed until 8:30 p.m. to accommodate the tour and allow the audience to see the show as it is intended. Normally, shows at Starlight begin earlier. Because of the lighting demands of the first three shows, Starlight has altered the start time to 8:30, meaning a late night for those who pushed the time clock following morning.
Pay close attention to the voices in this production. Brian Justin Crum plays and sings Galileo. Jacqueline B. Arnold portrays the Killer Queen. Brian Knowles, possesses a beautiful, deep, rich, baritone voice, and in this production portrays the part of Buddy Holly and the Crickets. And Ruby Lewis belts away as Scaramouche. Some of her early notes display the wealth of talent she possesses.
“We Will Rock You” contains music and content and more as an adult crowd that grew up and knows the music of Queen. However, many young fans will also find the music and the story appropriate. Yes, there are a few words that may not be appropriate or a younger generation, but nothing they do not hear on television on a nightly basis. Do not be afraid to bring young children to this production.
Also, to make an evening of your Starlight adventure, considering purchasing the special buffet custom-designed for the show. Chef Rollf Loomis created a meal designed to appeal to rock fans young and old. The evening buffet includes cheese and crackers, assorted rolls, lettuce-based salads, chicken spedini, pasta with mushrooms and tomatoes in a fettucine sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, mixed vegetable medley, with ice cream and chocolate souffle as dessert. For kids, a separate buffet includes hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, and spaghetti with sauce.