On May 30th 2003 I
was going to see the WWRY musical for the 5th time. The show was
great, as always, but this time the sound of the voices was a
bit too loud. The enthousiasm of the cast was amazing though.
How do they manage to do this every performance? Some things
were changed positively, like the opening after the break. You
can hear Freddie sing One Vision. Formerly it was the cast who
sang this. The opening of the show, with Innuendo, is just so
fantastic and Queen-worthy that this could be reason alone to
see the musical. Sadly the videoscreen that was used in the last
part of the show, on which a fragment of the videoclip of
Bohemian Rhapsody was shown, wasn't used anymore, because it
didn't always function in the right way. Too bad, because the
vision of Queen at that time in the musical always made the
audience go wild! Finally our heroes could be seen and heard in
the musical. They solved this problem in a less spectacular way.
After the show I talked with Hanna Jane Fox who plays Scaramouche and I also had a chat with Tony Vincent. I asked him
if it was possible to have a WWRY poster signed by the entire
cast. We agreed that I would deliver a poster the next day
between the two shows. (On Saturday they do two shows.)
What a nice guy he is! I did tell him about the fact that the
voices sounded just too loud, but that I was still amazed by the
On May 31st 2003 I went to the Theatre and told one of the
surveillants about my agreement with Tony Vincent and especially
for me they opened the store where they sell merchandise so I
could get a big WWRY-poster. At the backstage door I delivered
the poster along with a special "gold"-marker so
everyone could put their signatures onto the poster in gold.
Shortly before the show I met three friends of mine (Mark, Ralph
and Paul, also from The
Netherlands) and together we went back to the backstage
door and waited for whoever would come out of the theatre. As
you can see on the pix in the personal photograph section, we
met Neil Murray, Ben Elton, Kerry Ellis (Meat) and Cameron Jack
evening we all went to see the musical itself again.
Tony must have told the technicians about my remark about the
volume of the voices, because this time everything was just
perfect. The show was perfect, the energy was there, the
audience replied and the cast gave it all.
When we arrived at the backstage door, Dave the doorman was already waiting
for me with my WWRY-poster. Almost the entire cast had put their
signatures on it! Some of the main characters were missing
because the poster had gone round during their break. But soon
they came out of the theatre and they also signed it. At the
backstage door we spoke with Hanna (Scaramouche) again, with
Sharon (Killer Queen) and with Tony Vincent (Galileo Figaro). I
especially thanked Tony for giving me the idea of handing over
the poster between the shows so everybody could sign it in their
free time. This was the only way to succeed because you can't
always recognize some people such as the Ensemble without their
make-up and stage clothing.
Tony Vincent is one of the nicest people I've ever met. Always
making time for his fans. I gave him the address of my website
and he promised me he'd take a look that same night! I asked him
how long he would play Galileo Figaro and he thought that it
would last until November 1st 2003. Then he would move on to
other activities in his life. Too bad for us one should think,
because I cannot image someone else playing that part. Though I
must admit that the replacements for Kashoggi (Clive Carter),
Pop (Mig Ayesa) and Britney Spears (Jack Cameron) are doing a great job.
We all went back home very satisfied I might say. We all got our
stuff signed and we all had a chance to thank the cast,
especially Tony, Hanna, Kerry and Sharon for their magnificent
performances. I'm already planning to go again, perhaps before
November 1st, to be sure to see Tony Vincent perform again.
This show is magic and it proves the music of
QUEEN is here to stay forever.
Our heroes Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John
Deacon have made their permanent mark in history.