Imagine a world where music is controlled by the government and there is no rock and roll. No, this isn't a time trip into the past, but the future "on a planet once called Earth" as a Theatre Under the Stars press release proclaims.
As it turns out in We Will Rock You all we need to achieve liberty is rock music and a healthy dose of Queen. Ruby Lewis, who plays Scaramouche in the national tour that started in October, says this rock theatrical by Great Britain's Ben Elton is designed to get people singing and clapping along as they listen to 24 (count 'em) Queen songs during a performance that clocks in at 2-1/2 hours including intermission.
"The government controls all the music. Nobody plays instruments. They're born realizing that something's not right."
Lewis and fellow lead Brian Justin Crum as Galileo escape and run into Bohemians who live underground and who are gathering all the artifacts they can to figure out what rock and roll was and how it liberated people, she says.
"Gallileo and Scaramouche join them. Galileo finds rock and roll and resurrects it and the world is saved," she says, also promising that the ending with the three biggest Queen songs will have people out of their seats.
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We Will Rock You runs January 22 through February 2 at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information call 713-558-8887 or visit tuts.com. $24-$116.