Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic…Rocking Montreal this May 19th at Théâtre Maisonneuve!
Direct from Australia, Queen: It’s a Kinda Magicis back by popular demand for their first Canadian national tour in two years!
You’ve seen BohemianRhapsody at the cinemas, now see it all come alive on stage and in concert, with big sound, big screens, crazy lighting and outlandish costumes… the REAL ROCK EXPERIENCE – Coming to Montreal this Thursday May 19th , 8pm, at Théâtre Maisonneuveof La Place des Arts !
*** The show has confirmed that it will also be returning to Canada in 2023 !
Fans can expect a grandiose and immersive show that encompasses all the splendeur and extravagance of Queen and Freddie Mercury, (personated with great charisma by the dynamic , South African born, Dominic Warren.)
Painstaking attention has been paid to all the music – the iconic voice of Mercury, the amazing guitar solos of May and the groundbreaking Rock harmonies.
Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic recreates Queen’s 1986 World Tour concert, featuring over 20 of the band’s greatest hits such as: > We Will Rock You > Bohemian Rhapsody > We Are the Champions > Under Pressure > Fat-Bottomed Girls
Add state-of-the-art sound and lighting and authentic costumes, this is as close as you’ll ever get to the real thing!
Hailing from the town of Winterton, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, performer Dominic Warren is excited and proud to be playing the iconic Freddie Mercury in this tribute show dedicated to Queen.
Gen’s Delights had the opportunity to interview Warren on preparing for his role as Freddie:
Yourself being an acclaimed vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with a very distinct style, how would you describe your creative process to really get into the physical and mental shoes of Freddie ? What resources or guides do you use to channel Mercury’s charismatic stage presence in your performance?
1. Firstly, I always say there will only ever be one Freddie Mercury. So it’s important to understand that I’m not trying to be him, I’m just doing my best to pay tribute to him…
I focus my energy on delivering the same energy and confidence on stage that Freddie and a Queen show would have had. I also focus on mimicking Freddie’s mannerisms and movements on stage: the way he moves from one part of the stage to the other, how he uses his hands, how he struts across the stage. My pre – show routine involves a light meal followed by a nap if the day allows, then I warm up my voice and get ready in silence for about 20 minutes. Just before getting on the stage, I enjoy putting on some live Queen shows to watch and get myself into ” the zone”.
On a personal level, you hail from South Africa and have had the pleasure of touring all around the world. Can you relate to Mercury being a child of immigrants pursuing a life in the arts ? What are some of the challenges you faced ?
2. Not really in the sense that I am not an immigrant myself… However I do love my native South Africa and I especially love my hometown Cape Town. I believe that it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
In terms of challenges that I may have faced… I think everyone that pursues a career in the arts will face numerous challenges. I studied classical music at university and chose a career in contemporary music. So I have had amazing opportunities presented to me, like performing alongside Pavarotti. I have also performed for the late archbishop Desmond Tutu amongst other awesome opportunities.
However , on the other end, I have also experience being a waiter to make a living as well as playing in an indie rock band for 7 years trying to make ends meet and perform at every bar and event possible. I have played acoustic guitar at flea markets for humble tips… It is a right of passage for people in the arts, it’s definitely how you find your “voice”…
I relate to Freddie Mercury through music and the hard work it took to be where he was… and possibly also for his liking and desire for “nice things”.
What is it about Freddie’s and Queen’s music that you find interesting or that transcends the ages ? Why do you think his music resonates so well with people today?
3. I love Queen’ s music because I find it equally as challenging as classical music to perform. Freddie wrote some incredible vocal lines. The music is also smart, there are a lot of references to classical music, especially in the piano lines of their early music.. All of that makes it satisfying to perform and listen to!
I think the music has stood the test of time because there is something for everyone within the music, it crosses a lot of boundaries and genres.
I’d like to thank Dominic Warren for his time in answering my questions..
Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic show — scheduled on June 23, 2021 (initially planned for May 21, 2020) — has been postponed until May 19, 2022. Please keep your ticket, as it will be honoured when you enter the performance hall.