West End musical We Will Rock You is to be the musical extravaganza featured on board Anthem of the Seas. Featuring the music of Queen and written by Ben Elton, the show's London production closed in May after a 12-year run.
The cruise ship makes its debut in Southampton next April. RoyalCaribbean sister ship Quantum of the Seas – visiting the UK briefly at the end of next month – will have the Abba musical Mamma Mia! as its headline show.
Brining hit musicals to the sea has become a trademark for Royal Caribbean. Hairspray premiered on Oasis of the Seas, and Chicago features on Allure of the Seas.
Saturday Night Fever is performed on Liberty of the Seas, and a limited time production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me On A Sunday runs until November 2 on Adventure of the Seas.
The We Will Rock You news was disclosed last week by Captain Greybeard in his Daily Mirror column. It was confirmed by Royal Caribbean today.
“On our new Quantum-class ships, guests can expect an entertainment experience that transcends anything they’ve ever seen before, and We Will Rock You is no exception,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Executive Vice President, Operations, Royal Caribbean International. “We’re thrilled to bring the timeless rock ballads of Queen to our most appropriately named ship.”
Built around 24 of Queen’s greatest hits We Will Rock You has been seen in local productions in 17 countries, playing to an audience of more than 15 million people.