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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Toronto Star Rave Review

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL

TORONTO STAR RAVE REVIEW

4 STARS OUT OF 4

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical is a grand, glorious and gorgeous piece of musical theatre that will fill the heart

of anyone who has ever loved — or wanted to be loved.”– Richard Ouzounian, The Toronto Star

Read the complete review: http://tinyurl.com/2ejclbm

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical officially opened its pre-Broadway, North American debut engagement at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto to rave reviews this week.

The twelve-week only limited run began performances October 12 and will play through January 2, 2011 prior to beginning previews at Broadway’s Palace Theatre on February 28, and officially opening on March 20.

THE TORONTO STAR – October 27, 2010

By Richard Ouzounian

Let’s get one thing straight (although that might be an unfortunate choice of word in this case): Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical, which opened Tuesday night at the Princess of Wales Theatre is not a drag in any sense of the word.

This eye-popping, ear-pleasing, toe-tapping honey of a show moves like a cyclone from start to finish and will leave you gasping for breath on numerous occasions, thanks to its spectacular spectacle, its raunchy humour and its virtuoso performances.

But there’s another way in which the show isn’t a drag. Although its three leading characters are men who dress as women (as are most of the ensemble), the ultimate message you come away with is not one about gayness, or cross-dressing, or any garden variety of sexuality.

The magic in Priscilla Queen of the Desert is that it tells the story of a trio of individuals who have been cheated of love in this world and need to find it desperately.

Read the rest of the review:http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/theatre/article/881625–toe-tapping-honey-of-a-show-is-no-drag

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The MusicaL stars Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon (“Bernadette”), Tony Award® nominee Will Swenson (“Tick”/ “Mitzi”) and Nick Adams (“Adam”/“Felicia”) as 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.

Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical also features 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, Gavin Lodge, 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 ThomsonTim 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.

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 had its world premiere in Sydney in 2006 and has subsequently wowed audiences and critics alike in Melbourne and New Zealand, becoming the most successful Australian musical of all time. The London production is now in its second smash hit year in the West End at the Palace Theatre.  Beyond 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!”

Earlier this year PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL won the Best Musical Award in London, voted for by Whatsonstage.com readers. 

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