PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL STAR
FEATURED IN THE TORONTO STAR
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NEW YORK REHEARSALS BEGIN WEDNESDAY
Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon, who will star as “Bernadette” in the upcoming pre-Broadway North American production of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical, is featured in The Toronto Star with an exclusive profile by Richard Ouzounian in advance of New York rehearsals beginning tomorrow.
THE TORONTO STAR – August 23, 2010
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By Richard Ouzounian
NEW YORK- It’s no wonder that Tony Sheldon should have no trouble singing “I Am Woman.” After all, his aunt, Helen Reddy is the star who first made the number a hit.
That’s just one of the theatrical tidbits that Sheldon gleefully dispenses in an exclusive interview, while munching on a BLT sandwich in New York’s Chelsea neighbourhood just before he starts rehearsing the leading role of Bernadette in Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical, Wednesday.
The show has already been a giant hit in Australia and London, with Sheldon earning kudos for his performance on both continents.
Now the rag-tag bunch of drag queens who first conquered the hearts of the world in the 1994 cult film about outcasts in the outback have set their sights on greener pastures.
After rehearsing in Manhattan, they’ll hit Toronto on Oct. 12 for the North American premiere of the show, finally winding up on Broadway in March 2011.
The dapper 55-year-old Sheldon is charm itself as he talks about his long and winding road to disco-ing his way across the desert in the multicoloured bus that gives the show its title.
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Tony Award® nominee Will Swenson (“Tick”/ “Mitzi”) and Nick Adams (“Adam”/“Felicia”) round out the trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting adventure who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.
Written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott and directed by Simon Phillips, the spectacular new stage musical will begin performances at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto for a twelve-week only engagement beginning October 12, 2010 and officially opening October 26.
With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and featuring a score of dance-floor classics, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is a sensational journey to the heart of fabulous.
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical will open on Broadway in Spring 2011 at a theater to be announced.
Earlier this year PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL won the Best Musical Award, voted for by Whatsonstage.com readers.
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical will also feature C. David Johnson (“Bob”), James Brown III (“Jimmy”), Nathan Lee Graham (“Miss Understanding”), Mike McGowan (“Frank”), J. Elaine Marcos (“Cynthia”), Jessica Phillips (“Marion”), Steve Schepis (“Farrah”), Keala Settle (“Shirley”), “Divas” Jacqueline Arnold, Anastacia McCleskey and Ashley Spencer and Thom Allison, Kyle Brown, Bryan West, Tad Wilson, Joshua Buscher, Susan Dunstan, Christopher Gurr, David Lopez, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Jeff Metzler and Eric Sciotto.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL, adapted from the Academy Award® winning film “The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” starring Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce, is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. Direction is by Simon Phillips, choreography is by Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements are by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy and set design is by Brian Thomson. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner have re-created their Academy Award® winning costume designs, which were originally designed for the film. Lighting is designed by Nick Schlieper and sound design is by Jonathan Deans. BAFTA Award winning make up design is recreated by Cassie Hanlon.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL had its world premiere in Sydney in October 2006 and has subsequently wowed audiences and critics alike in Melbourne and New Zealand, becoming the most successful Australian musical of all time. Following a return Sydney season last year due to popular demand, the London production recently celebrated its first year in the West End at the Palace Theatre. Along with Toronto and Broadway, further international dates are also in discussion for productions in Brazil, Scandinavia and Germany.
Along with winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design for Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, the musical was also nominated for Best New Musical and Tony Sheldon was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical.The Evening Standard raved that Priscilla “Takes you out of yourself and into daring places your wildest fantasies might never have dreamed of visiting,” and The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Evening Standard, and London Paper all gave the production “Four Stars!”
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is produced by Liz Koops and Garry McQuinn for Back Row Productions, Michael Hamlyn for Specific Films, Allan Scott Productions, David Mirvish, Roy Furman, Terry Allen Kramer, James L. Nederlander, Terri and Timothy Childs / Ken Greiner / Chip Meyrelles, Bartner Group LLC, Chugg Entertainment, Bruce Davy, Michael Buckley, Stewart F. Lane / Bonnie Comley, Thierry Suc and Volcano Project /TS3.
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