Paris Las Vegas to debut Queen show

LAS VEGAS -- A royal rock musical is set to open this fall at Paris Las Vegas.

"We Will Rock You," based on the music of the band Queen, will open in the 1,450-seat Paris Theatre Des Arts in September.

The Las Vegas production, which debuted in London's West End in 2002, marks the show's first U.S. run.

The musical's producers will include Tribeca Theatrical Productions cofounders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor as well as original London producer Phil McIntyre.

Ben Elton, a British comedian, screenwriter, film director and novelist, is the musical's playwright.

Elton will adapt and direct the Las Vegas production, whose plot involves a futuristic world where conformity is the norm and where all musical instruments are outlawed, prompting a group of underground radicals to rebel.

The musical will be set to 25 of Queen's greatest hits, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are the Champions," "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love."

Besides classic rock music, the production also will feature laser-light effects and six giant plasma screens.

Designer Mark Fisher previously designed shows for Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones and Janet Jackson, and lighting designer Willie Williams was responsible for creating U2's multimedia shows.

In addition to its run in London's West End -- where "We Will Rock You" has been performed nearly 600 times and grossed $75 million -- the musical has completed more than 100 shows in Melbourne, Australia; opened in Madrid; and will make its debut this fall in Sydney, Australia; Moscow; and Cologne, Germany.

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