The massive success of the film Bohemian Rhapsody — which fared surprisingly well at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, winning four Oscars (the most of any movie) — has led the way for a major resurgence of interest in the music of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Queen.
That says a lot considering the lasting endurance of the group’s music, which has continued to be played live to millions of fans at packed concerts all over the world, with the surviving band members touring with Freddie Mercury stand-ins Paul Rodgers and, more recently, Adam Lambert. The band's popularity has barely dipped since Mercury's 1991 death, which explains why they never technically have "broken up."
Another popular Queen-related event that has helped keep the band’s music in the forefront is the Rock musical We Will Rock You, which premiered in London’s West End in 2002 and, according to press materials, has been seen by more than 16 million people in 19 countries since then. Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen were music supervisors for the show, which isn’t biographical like Bohemian Rhapsody, instead operating as a jukebox musical to tell a separate story, à la Jersey Boys and Escape from Margaritaville.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. $32.50-$64.50. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Downtown, tafttheatre.org