We Will Rock You cast announced

Today at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney, media gathered to hear the announcement of the cast of We Will Rock You, the musical by Queen and Ben Elton. This is the second outing of the show in Australia – the first production premiered in Melbourne in 2003 – and it ran on London’s West End for 12 years.

We Will Rock You takes the songs of Queen and transports them to a future where music is banned, and everything is controlled by the Globalsoft Corporation and its Killer Queen. A young dreamer, Galileo, teams up with a misfit he names Scaramouche, and they fall in with a group of Bohemians who want to escape from the world’s now crushing conformity.

The 2016-117 tour will begin in Sydney on 28 April 2016. This will be followed by runs in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide. For tickets and more information, visit wewillrockyou.com.au.

Check out the full cast list below!

Gareth Keegan

Galileo

Gareth’s most recent performance was alongside Hugh Jackman in the National Arena Tour of Hugh Jackman Broadway to Oz. His theatre credits include Tony in West Side Story, Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, Stormy in the World Premiere of Cat Stevens’ musical Moonshadow.

Erin Clare

Scaramouche

Erin was awarded a full scholarship to attend LASALLE College of the Arts where she graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours in Musical Theatre. During her time in Singapore, Erin had leading roles in The Spitfire Grill and Gypsy and toured South East Asia. Since returning to Australia Erin has played the title role in Snow White Winter Family Musical directed by Bonnie Lythgoe and performed the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera directed by Neil Gooding. Her most recent featured role was Heather McNamara in the Sydney and Brisbane seasons of Heathers, presented by Showqueen Productions and directed by Trevor Ashley.

Brian Mannix

Buddy

Brian Mannix first came to national attention through his role as lead singer of 80’s sensation The Uncanny X-Men. Hit singles such as How Do You Get Your Kicks, Everybody Wants To Work, Party and 50 Years spawned gold and platinum albums. As headlining a national concert tour, The X-Men toured with Joan Jett and Rod Stewart.

Casey Donovan

Killer Queen

Casey Donovan is one of Australia’s most versatile Indigenous Entertainers. After a meteoric rise to fame at the age of 16, she became the youngest ever winner of Australian Idol.

Thern Reynolds

Brit

Thern has had an extensive and varied career in musical theatre. He was cast in his first professional show in 1989 while still in high school, the original Australian production of 42nd Street. Thern has barely stopped since. His career has taken him all over Australia, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and has seen him take on many challenges, as an ensemble member, an understudy, a dance captain, a swing, minor roles, major roles and resident director/choreographer and director

Jaz Flowers

Oz

Jaz Flowers graduated from the University of Ballarat Musical Theatre course in 2008 and has consistently garnered roles in several productions to critical acclaim. Most notably, Jaz won the lead role of Tracy Turnblad in the multi award-winning production of Dainty Entertainment’s Hairspray for which she won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical and received a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Female Actor in a Musical.

Simon Russell

Khashoggi

Simon has worked extensively across all entertainment mediums. He has appeared on television as the core cast role of Nick in Season 1 & 2 of ABC’s Twentysomething (nominated for AACTA Award for Best Television Comedy Series), as Danny McKillop alongside Guy Pearce in Jack Irish, as a member of the core ensemble of series 2, 3 & 4 of Working Dog’s Thank God You’re Here and other guest roles in Stingers, Blue Heelers, Wicked Science, The Secret Life of Us, Neighbours and The Brush-Off alongside David Wenham and directed by Sam Neill. He has appeared in various short films including Real Meal Deal, Ringwood and in Tripod’s music video for Gonna Make You Happy.

Ensemble

Ruvarashe Ngwenya
Ensemble / Teacher
Ashlee Smith
Ensemble
Sheridan Anderson
Ensemble
Erinn Arnel
Ensemble
Sarah Clarke
Ensemble
Kyla Bartholomeusz
Ensemble
Kate Thomas
Ensemble
Karla Tonkich
Ensemble
Thalia Smith
Ensemble
Hugh Barrington
Ensemble
Justin Anderson
Ensemble
Joshua Russell
Ensemble
Ryan Sheppard
Ensemble
Mike Snell
Ensemble
Michelle Barr
Swing / Dance Captain
Suzie Melloy
Swing
Morgan Palmer
Swing
Leigh Sleightholme
Swing
Keane Fletcher
Swing

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