We Will Rock You (School Edition)

Featuring more than 20 hit Queen songs including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are the Champions,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and many more, WE WILL ROCK YOU follows two revolutionaries as they try to save rock ‘n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world. In an age where algorithms predict our every preference, WE WILL ROCK YOU is a musical for our time: a fist-pumping, foot-stomping anthem to individuality. WE WILL ROCK YOU School Edition has been adapted from the original Broadway Production. The School Edition has been carefully edited, with additional director’s notes throughout, to make the show more producible for high school groups. In some cases problematic language has been changed, while in others an alternate choice is offered at the discretion of the director. Currently this version is only available through TRW in the US and Canada.

We Will Rock You (School Edition)

PROGRAMMED INSTRUMENTS

Keyboard 1
Keyboard 2
Keyboard 3

$300.00

Featuring more than 20 hit Queen songs including “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are the Champions,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and many more, WE WILL ROCK YOU follows two revolutionaries as they try to save rock ‘n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world. In an age where algorithms predict our every preference, WE WILL ROCK YOU is a musical for our time: a fist-pumping, foot-stomping anthem to individuality.

WE WILL ROCK YOU School Edition has been adapted from the original Broadway Production. The School Edition has been carefully edited, with additional director’s notes throughout, to make the show more producible for high school groups. In some cases problematic language has been changed, while in others an alternate choice is offered at the discretion of the director. Currently this version is only available through TRW in the US and Canada.

PROGRAMMING NOTES

The licensed orchestration for the school edition is an amalgamation of multiple productions and in many ways different from each of those.

This show is orchestrated to be player-conducted from the Keyboard 1/MD book. There are 3 keyboard books in the school edition all of which have very specific programming that would be extremely difficult to replicate. Through a partnership with the original keyboard programmers of the North American Tour, KeyboardTEK is happy to offer many of the original sounds and samples of the show that cannot be found anywhere else. KeyboardTEK is currently completing the programming conversion from the original sounds and samples so if you are reading this and interested in licensing our programming, please drop us a line first with your production dates so we can ensure that the programming is ready in time for your show. This  text will be removed when our programming is complete and fully available although you can still place an order if your production is at least 3 weeks from the date of your order.

There are some differences in the School Edition of this show from the Global Edition. The School Edition has 3 (slightly-easier) keyboard parts, vs the full (“Global”) edition which has 2 (slightly-more-involved) keyboard parts. The school version also has some differences in songs.  The School Edition adds YOU’RE MY BEST FRIEND, whereas the Global Version adds ONE VISION, FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS, and a short DON’T STOP ME NOW. Script-wise there are some adjustments and modifications throughout, and director’s tips added.

Keyboard 1 is the primary piano book and is to be played by the MD or conductor. In addition to the iconic Rock piano sound of Freddie Mercury and Queen, this book includes many iconic classic rock sounds suck as B3 Hammond Organ, acoustic as well as analog synth strings, synth pads, guitar, electric piano, percussion, VOX synth choir, and multiple triggered one-shot samples that can only be licensed through KeyboardTEK. Although not technically advanced, a strong player who is familiar with the songs and has a background in playing rock/pop styles would be recommended to lead the band while navigating the patches.

Keyboards 2 and 3 adds even more layers to the orchestration with lots of synthesized sounds such as bells, bass, claps, brass, strings, polysynths, and pads. Other sounds include guitar, B3, and piano as well as “fun” non instrumental sounds such as Voice Pads, filtered wind SFX, and reversed pianos and cymbals.

There is drum programming for this show that contains lots of one shots and samples from the original. These were originally triggered by a Roland SPD Drum Pad but we are offering these samples as high quality .wav files that your drummer or MD can trigger in whatever software (Ableton, QLab, MainStage) or hardware they have rather than limiting it to a single controller format.

This is truly one of the best up and coming new shows for amateur and professional theaters alike and is sure to be a hit with the audience and the musicians.

ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM

Story and Script by: Ben Elton
Music & Lyrics by: Queen, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May
Music orchestrated by: Steve Sidwell
Additional songs by: David Bowie

SHOW DESCRIPTION

Since 2002 over 16 million theatregoers in 28 countries have been thrilled by this awe-inspiring production which is based on the songs of Queen with a book by Ben Elton (The Young Ones, Blackadder, Popcorn).

Ben Elton fashioned this hilarious futurist comedy around more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hit songs including We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga, I Want To Break Free, Somebody To Love, Killer Queen, Don’t Stop Me Now, Under Pressure, Bohemian Rhapsody, Another One Bites The Dust and of course, We Will Rock You.

The musical takes place in a future age on a planet once called Earth that is now controlled by a mighty corporation…rock music is unheard and all musical instruments are banned. The hope of breaking free rests with an unlikely resistance-an alliance of rebel Bohemians.

Select Your Programming:

*Please select each individual part below for which you would like to license programming. If you want the programming for all keyboards in a show, you will need to select each individual part.

*Our keyboard patches require the industry standard MainStage 3® application available only in the Apple App Store. This is only available for Mac computers running MacOS. MainStage® is NOT available for Mac iOS devices such as the iPad. We apologize that our programming is not available for Windows users at this time.

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