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Brenda Edwards Killer Queen - Press Review in Blues & Soul


“We Will Rock You” has a new Killer Queen. And, boy, she leaves Tina Turner’s Acid Queen standing in the wings! With a mighty roar, she rose from the stage like Boudica in leather!  Brenda Edwards had arrived - and the Dominion’s audience went wild!  On 21 June Brenda debuted with her powerhouse performance in the West End stage production of Queen’s musical jukebox, replacing Mazz Murray who’s taking a break to have her baby.   Brenda was first cast as the Killer Queen in the touring production of the show, where she completed three hundred plus performances. From 2005’s X  Factor, she was snatched up to play Mama Morton in “Chicago: The Musical”, before creating the role of Pearl Pastor in “Carmen Jones”. She’s a regular on television and has played a series of high profile concerts including an appearance at the Cardiff Millenium Stadium, at Rochester Castle and  at the Barbican.

 “We Will Rock you” is currently playing its ninth year and has been seen by more than four million people. Ben Elton’s story is set about three hundred years in the future on Planet Mall, governed by the big brother/sister combo of  Khashoggi and Killer Queen. All musical instruments have been banned because the company computers generate tunes which everyone downloads. However, legend has it that the last of the freedom fighters, a group called Queen, secretly buried some electric guitars, and the loose storyline is based around them being unearthed by Galileo and his feisy girlfriend Scaramouche, also known as Scary Bush. I’ll say no more, but the jokes came regularly and some were a little naughty!!   With other like minded good guys and girls called the Bohemians, they sang and danced their way through some of Queen’s best-loved songs like – “I Want To Break Free”, “Under Pressure”, “Who Wants To Live Forever”, “Tie Your Mother Down”, “We Are The Champions” and “We Will Rock You” (of course).  The cast was amazing!  It was music from the gods; loud, clear and instantly adored by the audience. We cried, laughed, clapped, shouted and danced while watching the cast’s electrifying energy, the non-stop rapport and superb voices.  Brenda’s vocal delivery is compulsive listening; her range extensive and pure. She struts her leather clad body, commands, points and dances across the stage - and above it on  a moving stage extension – singing classics like  “Play The Game”, “A Kind Of Magic”, “Another One Bites The Dust” and “Killer Queen”. Naturally.

This was fabulous entertainment in clammy London town.  And I have to wholeheartedly agree with Brian May when he said – “Brenda is irrepressible, scary, funny and a killer singer”.   And I must add, there wasn’t a whisper or a movement in the audience when she was performing.  Just brilliant  Miss Edwards!


Scaramouche Ensemble

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