Queen Musical We Will Rock You, Starring Brian Justin Crum, P.J. Griffith, Launches U.S. Tour Oct. 15

By Adam Hetrick
15 Oct 2013

Brian Justin Crum
Brian Justin Crum
Photo by Ronnie Nelson

Brian Justin Crum, P.J. Griffith, Jacqueline Arnold and Jared Zirilli head the cast of the North American tour of the Queen musical We Will Rock You, which launches Oct. 15 at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre.

Featuring a book by Ben Elton, the U.K. jukebox musical that utilizes the songs of the rock band Queen is in its 11th year at London's Dominion Theatre. The premiere U.S. engagement continues through Oct. 20 at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center.

The cast features Crum (Next to Normal) as Galileo, Griffith (Giant) as Kashoggi, Arnold (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Killer Queen, Zirilli (Lysistrata Jones) as Britney, original Toronto cast member Ruby Lewis as Scaramouche, Ryan Knowles as Pop and Erica Peck as Oz.

The cast is completed by Danny Balkwill, Samantha Berman, Bentley Black, Jessica Crouch, Saccha Dennis, Sam Digiuseppe, Suzanna Dupree, Daniel Greenberg, Stephen Hernandez, Nathan Keen, William Joseph Lewis, Brooke Morrison, Jennifer Mote, Katie Murphy, Jennifer Noble, Fred Odgaard, Patrick Ortiz, Jason Sermonia, Stephanie Sy and Kasey Walker.



We Will Rock You has book and direction by Ben Elton, music and music supervision by Queen/Roger Taylor and Brian May, musical staging and choreography by Arlene Phillips, design and lights by Mark Fisher and Willie Williams, sound by Bobby Aitken and costumes by Tim Goodchild.

The U.S. tour of the two-and-a-half-hour musical is presented by Queen Theatrical Productions, Tribeca Theatrical Productions, Phil McIntyre Entertainment and NETworks Presentations.

The We Will Rock You band includes Rick Hip-Flores (musical director/conductor), Brandon Ethridge, Emily Marshall, Tristan Avakian, Bob Wegner, Mike Cohen, David Stevens and Danny Young.

"This show is all about legend," Elton said in a previous statement. "We take the legend of Queen and create our own fantastical story of young kids battling the mighty corporation who wants to suppress their individuality and their love of music. They need a hero who can help them in their struggle, and we have two – the dreamer Galileo, and the sassy rock chick Scaramouche. Guess who ends up winning?"

Tour cities include Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; Boston, MA; Nashville, TN; Minneapolis, MN; Thunder Bay, ON; Schenectady, NY; Raleigh, NC; Miami, FL; Fort Meyers, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Houston, TX; Dallas, TX; St. Louis, MO; Detroit, MI; Providence, RI; Morgantown, WV; New Haven, CT; Toronto, ON; Tampa, FL; Charlotte, NC; Des Moines, IA; Kansas City, MO; Seattle, WA; and Los Angeles, CA.

Here's how it's billed: "We Will Rock You takes place in a future age on a planet once called Earth that is now controlled by a mighty corporation. Globalization is complete. Individuality is taboo. Everyone watches the same movies, wears the same clothes and thinks the same thoughts. Music is generated by the corporation's computers, rock music is unheard and all musical instruments are banned. The hope of breaking free rests with an unlikely resistance – an alliance of rebel Bohemians, waiting for a hero to lead the battle to bring the power of rock back to the people."

Visit wewillrockyou.com.

Check out the cast in rehearsal: