The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 4, 2013

Queen musical aims to rock you on national tour


The Clinton Herald

---- — NEW YORK (AP) — A musical built around songs by the rock band Queen has found a kind of magic abroad, charming European audiences for years. Now, its producers hope another group will finally go gaga for it — Americans.

Its first North American tour kicks off this month.

“We decided to take our time,” says producer Jane Rosenthal, whose Tribeca Theatrical Productions, which she co-founded with Robert De Niro, will put the show on the road. “We decided to let America wait.”

Boasting an original futuristic story by British comedian and writer Ben Elton, the show contains 24 of Queen’s biggest songs .

Elton worked with the surviving members of Queen and the family of the late singer Freddie Mercury to write a love story in a dystopian future studded with “perhaps the most theatrical rock music of all time.”