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Priscilla Queen of the Desert (The Musical)

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I’m a big movie buff, thus it should come as no surprise that I also enjoy the theater. Whether it be a play, opera, or musical it matters not. The theater contains all the elements of cinema I adore; only they present them live!

Last night I was blessed to attend the opening of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.” This pop-music-makeover of the classic film is a show you shouldn’t miss. From the lights and costumes, to its performances and heart all shine effervescently; and all impress effortlessly.

Every stage show begins with a single element, a stage, and Priscilla utilizes said space magnificently. Various moving walkways, modeled curtains, and mechanical set pieces work together to create a multi-layered interpretation of Australia and its outback. Furthermore, the LED lit bus and bulb-riddled set-pieces combine to produce one of the coolest light shows in Musical history. Light is my favorite element of film, and this is the first time for ‘theater’ that I was thoroughly impressed!

In addition to the breathtaking scenery there is some scene-stealing performances that must also be mentioned. Will Swenson (Tick), Nick Adams (Felicia), and Tony Sheldon (Bernadette) are the sequin-splashed trio who lead the audience across the desert and into understanding. These three gentleman ladies are endlessly stealing the spotlight from each other, and the hilarity that ensues is certainly side-splitting. However, there are a few moments that are also tear-jerking.

At the heart of this adventure is a story about identity; true identity. These three queens remind the audience that what we wear and what we do are not who we are. Self is defined by the same, and can only be understood by another if they are willing to appreciate such. As the show approached its finale, and my heart was appropriately prepared, I was reminded of a simple truth: gay or straight, love remains the same.

With all that being said I’ll close with the most glamorously overstated aspect of the show: the costumes. If it is not evident from the pictures included be sure to click the link below, grab some tickets for an upcoming show, and see them for yourself!



  • Anonymous

    Great musical, good fun, great music and music. I sang along like a champ! Was a bit unimpressed with some of the technical mistakes by the crew but I’m sure those will clear up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    hahaha great song choice jon!
    this musical was absolutely superb.
    i was singing & bouncing in the chair the entire time.
    i also had the perfect date ;)

    • Anonymous

      I agree, it was an extremely impressive and inspiring performance. Also… thanks for enjoying my company, LOL!!!

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