Stage Review

We Will Rock You (2004)

EW's GRADE
D+

Details Opening Date: Sep 08, 2004; Writer: Ben Elton

Remarkably, about half of the 22 Queen hits glued into this London-to-Vegas transplant do come off like great, long-lost show tunes. Which is where any resemblance to the successful ABBA-cal Mamma Mia! ends. Brit comic Ben Elton's awesomely witless script imagines a totalitarian 24th century in which rock has been banned — maybe not a bad thing if the only renegades who can save it are a bunch of big-voiced central-casting punks styled to resemble Good Charlotte and Kelly Osbourne. Meanwhile, what genius decided the apropos-of-nothing ''Fat Bottomed Girls'' should be performed by an anorexic chorus line?

Originally posted Dec 03, 2004 Published in issue #795 Dec 03, 2004 Order article reprints