Get Ready to Rock!
World famous musical We Will Rock You will be rocking the island this October! VAMP went behind the curtain to talk about FM Theatre’s next smash-hit musical - a super energised show that transcends the worlds of musical theatre and rock concerts, featuring timeless Queen songs and well-known local and international performers.
FM Theatre will be staging the smash hit show following their recent sell-out successes My Fair Lady and Mamma Mia!. It will be staged for the first time ever locally, and the theatre company is elated to have acquired the highly-sought-after rights to the show.
Based around the greatest hits of the legendary British rock band Queen and with its book by Blackadder writer, Ben Elton, We Will Rock You is one of the most popular and longest-running musicals in West End history. It has enthralled the world’s audiences across six continents with many of the band’s iconic songs including Radio Gaga, Somebody To Love, Bohemian Rhapsody and – of course – We Will Rock You.
Producer Edward Mercieca told VAMP, “The audience should expect a super energised show that transcends the worlds of musical theatre and rock concerts. Queen’s immortal songs will be performed with amazing voices, weird and wonderful costumes, a superb band and huge graphics and sets that will leave the audiences mesmerised as the cast takes them on a journey of rebellion to save world music.”
For its Malta debut, We Will Rock You will feature top West End talent alongside other well-known local performers. Katie Paine will be taking on the role of Killer Queen, the show’s villain, which she has played over 300 times. Jordan Carr, meanwhile, is also no stranger to the West End stage. He has travelled the world performing in musicals in a variety of roles including Frank ‘N’ Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and is now set to join the Malta cast of We Will Rock You in the role of Galileo Figaro.
“We Will Rock You always brings the house down wherever in the world it is staged, with incredible casts performing the songs of one of the world’s most iconic and timeless rock bands. Now is the turn of Malta’s audiences to experience this spectacular show, with an equally brilliant cast that can rival any other in the world,” says Edward Mercieca.
This West End-quality cast will take on the popular musical’s famous story, which is set in a distant future where Earth is named Planet Mall, all inhabitants must dress, think and act the same, and where musical instruments are forbidden. Using the framework of Queen’s classic songs, a small group of Bohemians rebel against the system, and fight to restore free thought, fashion, and, most of all, music.
When asked about the message that the production delivers to its audience in terms of Maltese culture and society, Edward replied,“I think at the end of the day, Ben Elton’s book tells us that when the powers that be try to suppress something as a means to control a population, in this case, by banning music, the freedom fighters will go underground and when the groundswell reaches a critical mass it will overthrow the dictator. This message is not aimed at a particular country per se but to human nature in general. It is, then, up to the audience to decide whether this is relevant to Maltese society and culture.”
The Producer continues to explain that the experience will be different to other productions of We Will Rock You around the world since each licensee must produce an original design. Let’s say we are expecting some local elements in this much-awaited musical production.
The show will be spearheaded by leading director Chris Gatt, alongside vocal coach Analise Cassar, choreographer Warren Bonello and musical director Kris Spiteri. The stellar cast will also feature renowned local performers Michela Agius, Edward Mercieca, David Ellul, Tezara Saliba and Francesco Nicodemo.
We Will Rock You is produced by FM Theatre Productions, with performances at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta on 18 October at 8pm, 19 October at 2.30pm and 8pm, and 20 October at 2.30pm and 8pm. More information may be found at www.fmtheatre.com and tickets are available online at www.mcc.com.mt.