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Published June 5th 2014
Rock out to the music of We Will Rock You
My friend and I stared up at the bronze statue of Freddie Mercury leering down at us from atop the Dominion Theatre, punching the air and roaring into his microphone. He symbolises everything that We Will Rock You stands for: rawness, passion, individuality and rock. Freddie Mercury and the Dominion Theatre dwarfed us.
The theatre is as large and bold as the musical it houses. We crossed the threshold of the theatre feeling excited and hopeful. We had known a lot of people who had frequented this theatre to see this explosive musical and we hoped these glowing recommendations would prove true.
The theatre impressed us as soon as we entered it. Everything was plush and regal, from the crimson seats edged with gold to the broad red staircase that curled its way up to the topmost seating of the theatre. Dressed in are best clothes, we took our seats breathless with excitement at what we were about to see.
The story that unfolds with the musical is a compelling and relevant one. More and more these days music is churned out without soul or depth. Every song is similar to the last. It is easy to foresee a world where music live and instruments are no longer a part of music. It's happening already. Music is being downloaded increasingly. It is easy to believe that music festivals and concerts will soon be a thing of the past. So, the audience are gripped. The music that accompanies the story matches the mood and story of every scene. I was tapping my feet and clapping along to every song.
The two dimensions of the musical work well together: the story and the songs. The music helped you go from joy to tension to despair. The audience are made to feel a part of the musical with the knowing jokes about contemporary music and pop icons. This is such as the jokes about Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. The relationship between Galileo and Scaramouche is compelling. The drawing together of these two outsiders gives the audience something to believe in.
For me the high point of the musical is at the end when Galileo performs one of the ultimate pop ballads, Bohemian Rhapsody. The performance of this song draws together the audience. We sway and clap and sing along. It is a perfect ending to an enjoyable evening.
The Dominion Theatre is situated besides Tottenham Court Road station which is on the Central line.