15 November 2014
Reviewed by Catherine Fletcher
Last night myself and my husband went to see Mercury: The Ultimate Queen Tribute at the Grand Opera House in York. This is one of my favourite theatres to visit as the carpark is reasonably priced and it’s only a couple of minutes walk from the theatre.
We have been looking forward to this night as my husband is a Queen fan. When we arrived at the theatre it was already busy and quite loud with a really good mix of age groups. There weren’t very many empty seats either.
The show started on time and they opened it by appearing dressed in yellow singing the “Seven Seas of Rhye” – when they came onto the stage they were the double of the original group which was very impressive.
All the members of the band put full effort into each of their roles but the one that personally stood out for me was the guitarist (Glenn Scrimshaw). They sang lots of the older songs in the first half of the show and then after the interval they sang more of their latest hits including “Killer Queen”, “Lover Boy”, “The Show Must Go On”, “Fat Bottomed Girls” “Flash Gordon”, “I Want To Break Free”, “We Will Rock You”. Even though there was a wide age of songs covering a couple of decades the audience were singing and dancing throughout. Joseph Lee Jackson did a really good job of impersonating Freddie Mercury and had just the level of audience interaction.
Out of all the songs performed “Bohemian Rhapsody” was definitely my favourite and I think judging by the audience it was a favourite of a lot of them too. The only negative (and it’s a pretty petty one is that I’d liked to have seem a few more costume changes throughout the show).
Definitely a good tribute show to go see.
Mercury is currently on tour in the UK. For more information and tour dates visit www.mercuryqueentribute.co.uk.
Grand Opera House York, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW | 0844 8713024