September 3rd 2010
Dutch Première at the Beatrix Theatre Utrecht, Netherlands


Two weeks after the first try-out I saw the Dutch première of the WWRY musical in Utrecht.

I arrived at the theatre one-and-a-half hours before the show so I was not there when Brian May arrived in the afternoon. A friend of mine was waiting there with just a few others and I heard Brian shook hands with all of them and made time for a chat and pictures. As usual Brian May, Roger Taylor and Ben Elton were present at the première. 
Some weeks ago Brian and Roger visited the theatre and gave 50 free tickets away to fans, by means of a lottery. Fortunately I was one of the lucky winners. I had already bought two première tickets so now other friends (steady visitors of the WWRY musical as well) were now able to be at the première too.
After collecting our tickets we went back outside to wait at the red carpet and see quite some Dutch celebrities entering the theatre. 

All the 50 tickets-winners were seated on the first rows, I sat at row 2 and it was nice to meet others who I see at conventions, tours and the musical. And it's quite nice to have people recognise me through this website, just as the guy at my left. In that way the contact is immediately there. At my right there was a guy who saw the musical for the first time and he was really blown away. Next to him sat a man who has been a Queen fan as long as I am (since 1974/1975) and we had a nice chat about the early days and the Queen tours we went to see back then. Just as myself he also was at the Freddie Mercury Tribute in 1992.

This evening was superb. Every cast member gave 150% or more to make it all happen and ROCK. Having seen the first try-out I noticed some changes (for the better!) and this time the timing was perfect, just as the soundvolume. The audience was great too, thanks to the many Queen fans of course. And as usual during Bohemian Rhapsody the audience went wild when Brian May came on stage to do his flaming licks. At the end Roger and Ben Elton joined him. I had expected Brian to say a few words but no, after a couple of curtain calls the lights went on and it was over. 

Really everybody left the theatre fully blown away by this great Rock Show. There was an afterparty in the lounge of the theatre but it was said neither Brian or Roger did attend. I had to leave shortly after the end of the show but heard that Brian did meet some fans outside later this evening again.

If you wonder if you should go and see this musical:  DO ! 
It blows your mind!