Queen stars to join star-studded cast for opening of musical We will rock you

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THEY formed half of one of the biggest bands in the world and now they are back together in Edinburgh – for one night only.

Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor have revealed they will join the star-studded cast of the smash hit musical based on the band for the opening night at the Playhouse next Monday.

The announcement is a huge boost for the thousands of fans who have already snapped up some of the tickets for We Will Rock You, expecting to see the likes of Darren Day and Coronation Street actor Kevin Kennedy sing Queen classics.

It is the habit of guitarist May and drummer Taylor to join the cast on the opening night of the play, and rumours have been rife for months.

A spokeswoman for the Playhouse said: "This is really exciting news for everyone here.

"The tickets went on sale in September last year and no-one would have thought about that possibility then.

"I know they are very hands on and involved in the production. I think a few of the enthusiasts might have seen them come on stage in previous shows elsewhere in the country and maybe thought it would happen here too.

"It is really exciting to have two rock legends come to the Playhouse. They're obviously very busy people with their own projects, so it's great they have the time to do this."

It is expected they will participate in the closing song of the evening along with other members of the cast, which includes X-factor finalist Brenda Edwards and I'd Do Anything Scottish contestant Ashley Russell.

The production was written by Ben Elton, while the tour has already received rave reviews from shows down south.

May said: "We are completely hands-on, and we will be visiting.

"People definitely come out of the theatre feeling that in a strange way they now know us, Queen, and our struggle, our journey."

Monday will be the Scottish premiere of the musical which has had a record-breaking seven-year run at the Dominion Theatre, in London's West End.

A 19ft tall bronze statue of the late frontman Freddie Mercury is set to be housed in the nearby Omni Centre to promote the performance during its run.

The 680kg statue become an "icon" in London but Playhouse bosses were unable to find a space for it outside the theatre, as it could block the pavement.

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