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Bohemian Rhapsody

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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The Palace Theatre, Manchester

If its glitzy, glamorous show business you're after then Bohemian Rhapsody is a must. If you are not already a Queen fan, you'll soon be caught up in the enthusiastic adoration of the Queen-smitten majority.

They clap, tap and wave their arms to those familiar rock songs from opening number, "One Vision" through "Killer Queen" and others to the closing number "We are the champions." Lavish effects are created by a five-piece band high above the stage, erotically clad dancers, and a team of leading singers.

They are headed by Nathan James who performs Freddie Mercury numbers as though they are his own, singing his heart out in songs such as "The Great Pretender" and "The Show must Go On." Giovanni Spano sings "I want to Break Free" so sexily in his suspenders and fish net tights that most of the women want to break free and kiss him especially when he joins the audience.

It is moving when exotically clad Amy Diamond renders swoon-worthy versions of "Who Wants to Live Forever?" with Nathan and "Love of My Life", accompanied beautifully by Drew Lowe on guitar. Likewise, Ben Smith's "Crazy Little Thing called Love" is memorable. I also liked Kelly Ann Gower's "No One but You" and Rebecca Kelly's "Don't Stop me Now."

Three other highlights are "We will Rock You", "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the climactic concluding rock number "We are the Champions."

They are all champions for Queen fans who, surprisingly, don't request an encore.

- Julia Taylor