“Sing-Along Bohemian Rhapsody” is coming to Symphony Space

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Symphony Space, located at 2537 Broadway at 95th St. in New York City, will present a one-day only showing of the sing-a-long version of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

While the regular version of the film was released to theaters in November 2018, the special sing-a-long version did not become available until January 2019.

Symphony Space seeks to present “an array of music, theatre, film, family and arts education programs.” The extremely popular “Bohemian Rhapsody” finds its place at the historic venue because of lead singer’s Freddie Mercury daring defiance of stereotypes and how he “shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.”

Queen and the art of the anthemic rock song

Fans of Queen likely found themselves wanting to sing along at the regular theatrical version of the film. Even people who were not necessarily fans of the British rock band, but who were sports fans, have heard, and likely have chanted along with the songs used at sporting events.

Singles like “We Are The Champions” and “We Will Rock You” are popular at professional sporting events. The over-the-top, operatic styling of “Bohemian Rhapsody” engages audiences with its high notes, use of nonsense words and extreme expression.

But Queen is not always serious: “Fat-Bottomed Girls,” “Tie Your Mother Down” are certifiable rock classics, and the mood is more about having a good time, as opposed to larger themes.

“Sing-Along: Bohemian Rhapsody” should prove entertaining for fans who can’t resist the urge to sing Queen songs, in public or in private.

The event will take place June 23, 2019 at 5 p.m., at Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space. Tickets are available for $15 for non-members, $13 for members, and $14 for seniors. The film has a running time of 135 minutes. For more information about Symphony Space, visit: https://www.symphonyspace.org

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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