Australia’s funniest and most successful homegrown musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, will begin performances at Adelaide Festival Centre’s Festival Theatre from 19 August, 2018. Tickets are on sale from 9am tomorrow, Monday 14 May.
This is the first time the award-winning musical will play in Adelaide.
Featuring a dazzling array of more than 500 costumes, 200 headdresses and a non-stop hit parade of dance-floor classics including IT’S RAINING MEN, I WILL SURVIVE, I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE and FINALLY, the fabulously camp production has more glitter than ever.
Australian theatre royalty Tony Sheldon has returned to reprise the role of “Bernadette”. He has frocked up more than 1800 times across the globe as the sassy desert queen, earning Tony and Olivier nominations for the role. Joining him on the bus is accomplished leading man David Harris as “Tick” and Kinky Boots and Les Misérables alumni Euan Doidge as “Felicia”.
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Based on the Oscar-winning Australian film, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the hilarious story of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus in Sydney bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. The 1994 film starring Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce remains one of Australia’s most successful films and soundtracks of all-time with a swag of awards in the trophy cabinet, including an Oscar for Best Costume Design.
The quintessentially Aussie story about mateship, self-discovery and acceptance was translated from screen to stage by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, directed by Simon Phillips, with the film’s acclaimed costume designers Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner onboard, alongside stage designer Brian Thomson and co-choreographers Andrew Hallsworth and legendary Ross Coleman.
The fabulous all-Australian cast includes Robert Grubb as outback mechanic “Bob”; Kinky Boots alumni Emma Powell as burly bartender “Shirl” and Blake Appelqvist as “Miss Understanding”; Adele Parkinson as hotel entertainment manager “Marion”; Angelique Cassimatis, Samm Hagen and Cle Morgan as sassy disco singers “The Divas”; and reprising her role from the original Australian production, Lena Cruz as Bob’s wife “Cynthia”. Jakob Ambrose, Michelle Barr, Xander Ellis, Mitchell Fistrovic, Tom Handley, Haydan Hawkins, Luke Jarvis, Joe Kosky, Leonard Mickelo, Adam Noviello, Shannen Quan, Glaston Toft and Patrick Whitbread also feature.
The iconic hit production is back after a rollicking ten-year around-the-world extravaganza– including award-winning stints on Broadway and in the West End, plus around the world tours of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Wales and on the high seas with Norwegian Cruise Lines. Future international productions will include seasons in Bangkok, Copenhagen, Mexico City, and return tours to France, Italy, Japan, Korea, and the United Kingdom for the third time.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is presented by Michael Cassel Group and Nullarbor Productions in association with MGM on Stage.
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