PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL
“IT GETS BETTER” VIDEO FEATURE
SUPORRTING THE TREVOR PROJECT
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The cast of the Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical, which opened its smash hit North American debut engagement at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto to rave reviews last week, have joined forces in support of The Trevor Project’s “It Gets Better” campaign with a specially produced video sharing their experiences with bullying and being gay.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential helpline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. The organization was founded in 1998 by three filmmakers whose film, “Trevor,” a comedy/drama about a gay teenager who attempts suicide, received the 1994 Academy Award® for Best Short Film (Live Action). For more information, visit www.TheTrevorProject.org.
The spectacular new stage musical will play its limited engagement in Toronto through January 2, 2011 prior to performances beginning at The Palace Theatre on Broadway on February 28, and officially opening March 20.
The Toronto Star raved “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.” Globe & Mail called the musical “Infectious, giddy entertainment!” while The Toronto Sun said “Hits all the high notes! Priscilla turns theatrical convention into theatrical confection – a show that gives you a good time!,” and Variety declared “Priscilla is a visual knockout, a real crowd-pleaser and ultimately a great heart-tugger as well.”
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 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.
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.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is produced by Bette Midler; James L. Nederlander; Garry McQuinn, Liz Koops; Michael Hamlyn; Allan Scott Productions; Richard Willis/Roy Furman; Terry Allen Kramer; Terri and Timothy Childs, Ken Greiner, Ruth Hendel; Robert G. Bartner; Chugg Entertainment; Michael Buckley; Stewart F. Lane / Bonnie Comley; Bruce Davey; Thierry Suc/TS3; The Volcano Project; Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment / Spirtas-Mauro Productions/MAS Music Arts & Show; and David Mirvish.
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