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posted Friday, October 2, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 40
'Queen: It's a Kinda Magic' recreates the Queen sensation
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'Queen: It's a Kinda Magic' recreates the Queen sensation

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

'QUEEN: IT'S A KINDA MAGIC'
BROADWAY CENTER
FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
PANTAGES THEATER - TACOMA
September 26


There is no doubt that QUEEN was one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands in history. Led by the prolific talents of lead singer Freddie Mercury, Queen (Brian May, John Deacon, and Roger Taylor) has created a string of classic hits dabbling in every kind of music. From country tones ('Crazy Little Thing Called Love'), to rock'n'roll ('We Will Rock You'), to unofficial sports anthems ('Another One Bites the Dust,' 'We Are The Champions'). Their undisputed signature of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is considered one of the top three singles of all time. The collective talents of the group easily captured an audience fan base ranging in styles and ages.

The simulation/tribute band 'Queen: It's a Kinda Magic' does an incredible job of recreating the Queen sensation. What Beatlemania did for recreating the Fab Four, 'Queen: It's a Kinda Magic' does to evoke the spirit of Queen. With Richie Baker (as guitarist May), Steven Dennett (as bass Deacon), Kyle Thompson (as drums Taylor) and an incredible facsimile of Giles Taylor (as Freddie Mercury), this group does a great job. They are all playing their instruments and doing their own vocals, and somehow the magic takes place to transfer the audience to a Queen concert circa 1989. Giles Taylor does an incredible job of capturing the strutting, highly talented and energetic, bandicoot rooster that was Freddie Mercury. Tapping into the raw energy and incredible vocals, Taylor uses Mercury's subtle sexual energy to play with the audience - and they yelled out their encouragements!

The playlist consisted of Queen's greatest hits. Starting off with the title song, 'It's A Kinda Magic,' they immediately went into 'Radio Gaga' and 'Another One Bites the Dust.' Taylor/Mercury playfully chatted with the audience never once breaking the facade of being Queen. Inviting the audience to participate, Taylor/Mercury went on to lead the audience in the echoing of 'Day-Oh' before going into 'Fat Bottom Girls.' Set One ended with 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love.' After a 20-minute intermission Set Two continued with 'I Want It All.' In true Freddie Mercury style, 'I Want to Break Free' was performed with Taylor in full drag. Without fail, the set continued on with 'We Are the Champions' and 'We Will Rock You.' As can be expected, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was saved as an encore - even though it was listed on the playlist.

'Queen: It's a Kinda Magic' is the brain child of Peter Freestone, Freddie Mercury's personal assistant of 15 years. Peter 'Phoebe' Freestone personally chose Giles Taylor to represent Freddie Mercury on stage. Encouraging the audience to act as if it were more a concert than a theatrical experience, the group did an amazing job of summoning up the true spirit and essence of Queen. While the sensation of the stage musical We Will Rock You does a good job of incorporating songs by Queen into a storyline, 'Queen: It's a Kinda Magic' is definitely more about experiencing what Queen was like in their heyday.

Tacoma is an easy ride from Seattle - less than 45 minutes. The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts and Tacoma theater district (Pantages Theater, Rialto Theater, Theatre on the Square, Tacoma Armory) offers a great selection of entertainment from facsimile concerts ('Queen: It's a Kinda of Magic'), to impressive performers (six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald coming up October 25), to classic theater (Hal Holbrook in his one-man show, Mark Twain Tonight November 7). For more information, visit www.broadwaycenter.org or call 253-591-5894. Several restaurants and cafes are found in the area (some offering 'Express Show Menus'), parking is not difficult, and it's a comfortable and easy place to walk around pre-show or after. The Tacoma Film Festival is scheduled for October 8-16. (www.tacomafilmfestival.com; #TFF2015.)

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