Visually, this justifies every penny spent on the production. The staging is
beyond even the most lavish pop concert. Somebody also thought to invest plenty
of money in a talented cast, good sound system, and....a decent script.
Ben Elton manages to weave a story around a bunch of unrelated lyrics. If the
story itself if pure hokum, no matter. The wit and panache of the show pull it
off to great effect. The subversive and hysterical history of Pop (you have to
be there) projected onto the curtain before the start, and the tagging on of
(not telling you, spoils the surprise) make this an unexpectedly good evening.
this is not a show for those who pathologically dislike rock music. Queen music
haters should avoid it - it is unlikely to convert you - as should anyone
seeking a traditional old time musical. Those open minded to new musical
experiences will, however, leave the theatre as impressed as the monkey.
is the future of the West End, not the past - see My Fair Lady for that! Most
will get plenty from this show. It probably won't last as long as Queen itself,
but it should have a pretty good run all the same. The monkey wishes it well.