Queen star Roger Taylor has dismissed critics who accuse the makers of West End musical We Will Rock You of sullying the band’s history, insisting front man Freddie Mercury would have adored the show.
Taylor and his band mate Brian May worked on the production with scriptwriter Ben Elton, but it was met with a slew of bad reviews after it opened in 2002.
However, it proved popular with theatre audiences, going on to become one of the West End’s star attractions, and other versions of the musical have since been staged in countries all over the world.
Taylor is adamant Mercury would have loved the flamboyant show, and his only complaint would have been the size of the imposing statue of himself outside London’s Dominion Theatre, which hosts the production.
Drummer Taylor tells Mojo magazine, “Oh, he would have loved it, but he’d have thought that the statue wasn’t big enough – ‘Not big enough darling!’ People who think he’d be turning in his grave about We Will Rock You just don’t get him.”
The Spice Girls are working on plans to transfer their West End musical to Broadway.
The girl group launched Viva Forever! in London in December and they are now planning to take the show to New York’s famed theater district.
Bandmember Emma Bunton says, “The plan is to go abroad with the show and we’re very optimistic. We want to get it out on Broadway.”
The show received scathing reviews from critics and lackluster ticket sales sparked speculation the London show would be closed early, but producer Judy Craymer is adamant the rumors are not true and they also hope to expand the production into Asia.
She says, “We want to get it out to Broadway – that’s the plan. There are talks in progress. Japan and Asia also want it.
“We just want to make sure we have the product right in London first. The critics were always going to give us a hard time, but the truth is it’s sold out until June. Feedback from audiences has been amazing. Spice Girls fans are loving every minute… It’s been hard – but just like any show is hard to start from scratch and launch on the West End.”