The Ultimate Queen Celebration April 12, 2019
featuring Marc Martel
“That voice. You listen, close your eyes and you think it’s Freddie. It’s really uncanny.”
-Queen drummer Roger Taylor
Long praised for his vocal resemblance to the late Freddie Mercury, Marc Martel spent over a decade earning his stripes as a rock frontman with the group Downhere. In 2011, with some prodding from his wife and friends, he casually cut a version of “Somebody To Love” to audition for a contest spearheaded by the actual members of Queen. Little did he know the video would reach 30 million views on YouTube and Facebook, earn him an appearance on Ellen, and win the competition outright.
Now Martel is the ideal match for the Ultimate Queen Celebration, an explosive, attention-commanding tribute where some of the most iconic rock anthems of all time collide with a theatrical performance style and eye-popping production. At its core, the riveting show focuses on the extremely diverse body of the band’s greatest hits, but also incorporates an entirely unique angle that will have die-hards and casual appreciators alike clamoring to hear several other sides of Martel.
“Near the end of Freddie’s life, he explored other styles of music beyond rock, including opera, so with that in mind, the show also includes a segment of familiar songs in the flavor of what they might have sounded like had Freddie ever gotten the chance to sing them,” Martel explains. “For instance, I perform ‘Ave Maria’ by myself on piano and also the great opera aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ in the style of Freddie, so it gives the night some imaginative elements in the spirit of Queen, rather than strictly the letter of Queen. You could call it a greatest hits show with a twist where I get to explore other things that I wish Freddie could have recorded himself and wonder what could have been.”
This performance will accompany The Temple Theatre’s annual fundraiser reception. Individual tickets for the reception will be available soon.
Reserved seating: $70, $55, $40, $25
Meet & Greet and Fundraiser reception pricing: $125
Get your neon on, see how high your bangs will go, and grab your jean jacket for the 80’s Preshow Party on April 12 prior to The Ultimate Queen Celebration. This fundrasier reception is going to be the raddest happening in town. A limited number of tickets are now available! The event includes a meet and greet with Marc Martel!
Support the Temple Theatre Foundation in the gnarliest way possible.
Location: Temple Theatre Ballroom
Show starts at 7:30pm
This program is graciously sponsored by