Queen: It’s a Kind of Magic

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Af­ter an over­whelm­ing re­cep­tion from New Zealand au­di­ences in 2015, Show­time Aus­tralia and Peter Free­stone are bring­ing their huge the­atri­cal Rock con­cert Queen:

It’s a Kinda Magic back to NZ theatres in May and June this year. Queen: It’s A Kinda Magic comes to the Re­gent on Broad­way on June 9.

Cap­tur­ing the imag­i­na­tion of Queen fans both lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, di­rec­tor Johnny Van Grinsven at­tributes the show’s con­tin­ued suc­cess to the at­ten­tion-to-de­tail; ev­ery­thing from the cos­tumes, in­stru­ments and even the light­ing cues have been de­signed to repli­cate those seen in real Queen con­certs. Mak­ing Queen: It’s A Kinda

Magic ex­traor­di­nar­ily au­then­tic is the in­volve­ment of Peter Free­stone, Fred­die Mer­cury’s best friend, bi­og­ra­pher, assistant and con­stant com­pan­ion for the fi­nal 12 years of his life. As pro­duc­tion con­sul­tant, Free­stone has schooled the cast and pro­duc­ers on the char­ac­ters and nu­ances of the orig­i­nal band in or­der to perfect the per­for­mance.

‘‘We’re ex­tremely lucky to have Peter in­volved. He knows Fred­die and the boys so well; his knowl­edge about who they are and how they moved and played and even their sense of hu­mour has re­ally helped take this show to the next level,’’ says Van Grinsven.

Another highly-im­pres­sive mem­ber of the en­sem­ble is prin­ci­pal mu­si­cian Giles Taylor who steps on stage as Fred­die Mer­cury, and does so as the only trib­ute per­former in the world who sings and plays both pi­ano and gui­tar live on stage.

Though pi­ano and vo­cals have been a main­stay in Taylor’s reper­toire since his child­hood, he taught him­self gui­tar specif­i­cally for the role of Mer­cury.

Sup­port­ing Taylor for this mam­moth stage pro­duc­tion are Aus­tralians Richie Baker as Brian May on gui­tar and Kyle Thomp­son as Roger Taylor on drums, as well as South Africa’s Steven Den­nett as John Dea­con on bass.

‘‘The show is ef­fec­tively a vis­ual mon­tage of Queen’s best live per­for­mances. It’s de­signed to cater for die-hard Queen fans, new­bies to the Queen scene and your av­er­age rock mu­sic fan,’’ Giles Taylor says.

‘When peo­ple come to the show we aim to have them leav­ing with the per­cep­tion that they have just seen the real Queen live. The painstak­ing at­ten­tion to de­tail, from the cos­tumes to the in­sane light­ing and vis­ual show, is re­ally some­thing to be­hold and some­thing that Queen them­selves would have done in their hey­day.’’ ❚ Queen: It’s A Kinda Magic comes to the Re­gent stage on June 9 at 8pm. Book­ings at Tick­etDirect

Giles Taylor is Fred­die Mer­cury.

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