I can say with some certainty that no other musical contains the line “Britney Spears died to save us”.
It is typical of Ben Elton’s script, which pokes fun at the music industry while also celebrating the best of rock.
This production showcases the fabulous music of Queen by cleverly fitting many of their hits into the plot, even if the story is silly.
It is set 300 years in the future, when all musical instruments are banned and the world is ruled by Globalsoft Corporation.
A group of rebel bohemians includes archivist Pop (Kevin Kennedy), who tells of a myth involving a star pointing the way to the living rock and a mighty axe. Well, I didn’t say it was believable.
Galileo (Alex Gaumond) hears song lyrics in his head and could be the key to reintroducing rock to the world, while also falling in love with Scaramouche (impressive Sarah French-Ellis).
Blond Jonathan Wilkes is sneering villain Commander Khashoggi, right-hand-man to the Killer Queen (Brenda Edwards, proving to be a feisty comic actress).
The show is a lot like the stage version of Mamma Mia, and that is no bad thing. It is cheesy in parts but also funny and good-natured, and underpinned by fantastic music.
Highlights include It’s a Kinda Magic, a raunchy rendition of Fat Bottomed Girls, Don’t Stop Me Now and the rousing finale to We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody, during which Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor appeared.
Their solos almost came a cropper when May collided with the drum kit, but it was an amazing end to the opening night.
Their presence made this a five-star performance, but sadly they won’t be playing every night. It’s still a great show, though.
* Running time: 3 hours. Continues until September 5.