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Photos: We Will Rock You hits the stage in Sudbury

In a dystopian future, everyone is forced to be the same — then the music of Queen sets them free

The traveling musical celebrating the music of rock icons Queen hit the stage at Sudbury Arena on Jan. 30.

"We Will Rock You" drew thousands of Sudburians to the downtown core for the stage show. 

It's really thanks to a man we can claim as one of our own that Sudburians are being treated to the touring show of “We Will Rock You”.

JP Thibodeau, the production's director, was born in Sudbury, and spent most of his younger years in the Northern Ontario communities of Elliot Lake and Timmins.

Although he lives in Calgary now, where he's the artistic director with StoryBook Theatre, Thibodeau said his parents live in Azilda and most of the rest of his family lives in the Greater Sudbury area too.

Written by Ben Elton, it tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown.