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...to be played by Nick Adams (currently performing in the Broadway revival of La Cage Aux Folles).

From ‘Cage’ to ‘Desert’: Upward Mobility in Drag Queen Roles

Nick Adams is moving up in the world of drag queens. The musical theater actor, currently in the Broadway revival of “La Cage aux Folles” as the crabbiest of the Cagelle dancers, Angelique, has been cast in the meatier role of the catty drag queen Felicia in the North American company of the musical “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”

The production, based on the 1994 film about three drag artists driving across Australia in a tour bus named Priscilla, is scheduled to begin a 12-week engagement in Toronto on Oct. 12 before moving to Broadway in the spring of 2011. The show had its world premiere in Sydney in 2006, and has been running in London’s West End for more than a year.

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05 June 2010 @ 07:12 pm
Tony Sheldon: written in the stars

Tony Sheldon's career has sort of just happened to him. No wonder, given the showbiz blood running in his veins

Tony Sheldon used to confuse London's theatregoers when, at the end of each performance of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical, he took a bow as Tony Sheldon. Where, wondered more guileless audience members, was the woman who played Bernadette? The honey-blonde dame who had twirled and shimmied in platform heels to I Will Survive? Who had nearly blown her corset belting out the lyrics to Macarthur Park? And just who was this tall skinny silver-haired bloke, and why was he soaking up the applause?

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Has anyone seen both the Australian and London shows and can say how they compare?
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Current Music: The Beatles - I Want You (She's So Heavy)
18 May 2010 @ 12:24 am
So, Tony Sheldon on Broadway, eh? In case you haven't seen, the cast and some more info about the North American premiere of Priscilla has been confirmed: http://www.priscillathemusical.com/homepage/welcome/
I wonder who's going to play Felicia though because I don't think the blog mentions it yet.

Also, sorry to bother you with this but could someone tell me where I could find some Priscilla icons. There doesn't seem to be an 'icons' tag and I'm quite bad at making icons myself.
10 May 2010 @ 06:40 pm
Row threatens to dethrone Priscilla

A row between the producers of the stage adaptation of the hit movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is threatening to derail the show's looming launch on Broadway.

The Australian has learnt that during a fiery exchange last week, Michael Hamlyn, who instigated the musical, privately threatened co-producers Liz Koops and Garry McQuinn with court action if they did not release the accounts from its West End season.

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10 May 2010 @ 06:37 pm
Priscilla: the crowning glory of three queens

The story behind a show is sometimes more interesting than what you see on stage, says Garry McQuinn, one of the original producers of Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical. McQuinn should know.

A dozen years ago McQuinn and his producing partner and then-wife Liz Koops were asked by Michael Hamlyn, an original producer of Stephan Elliott's big, bold gay fantasia - The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - if they were interested in producing a stage show of the hit movie. For eight years they knocked on doors and worked the phones seeking backers for the project.
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23 April 2010 @ 09:48 pm
My my officer, what an arresting outfit: The Bill actor shakes his derriere as Priscilla

Ben Richards is going from walking the beat on The Bill to shaking his derriere to it, in Priscilla on stage.

The actor, who also played bullying Bruno Milligan in Footballers' Wives, is wrapping up his role as Lothario in blue, PC Nate Jackson, in the long-running drama set in and around the fictional Sun Hill police station.
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21 April 2010 @ 05:19 pm
Meagher to Bob up in West End

FLAMIN' heck! Ray Meagher is leaving Home and Away - sort of.

The Gold Logie nominee who has played Alf Stewart on the long-running soap for 22 years, will take a six-month break from the show this year and make his debut on London's famed West End.

Meagher, 65, will take over the role of Bob in the colourful musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

"They (Home and Away) have very generously allowed me to do Priscilla in the West End from September 20 roughly until early March (next year)," Meagher said.
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Saw him as Bob when he did it in Sydney. His singing was OK, not amazing, but at least he has an Australian accent.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert set to become the queen of Broadway

MUSICAL theatre star Tony Sheldon is set to kick up his platform heels on Broadway in the role of Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert when the Australian musical opens there next March.

Sheldon owned the role of the older transgender character when the stage version of Stephan Elliott's hit film opened in Sydney in 2005.

Priscilla transferred to Melbourne the following year before a return season in Sydney preceded its West End debut in March last year with enhanced sets and costumes.
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Current Music: iamamiwhoami - O
17 April 2010 @ 09:34 am
Broadway Tapping With Tuners Next March

Broadway will be well represented on the musical front in 2011. Add Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which is casting up for a March opening, most likely at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on W. 46th Street.

I'm told that West Side Story's Matt Cavenaugh is in talks to play Adam/Felicia, the role played by Guy Pearce in the 1994 film, with Hair's Will Swenson in talks to play Tick/Mitzi, the role played onscreen by Hugo Weaving. Tony Sheldon will play Bernadette, the role originated onscreen by Terence Stamp. The stage musical originated in Australia, with book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. Sheldon opened the show and will stay with the show until Broadway, as will director Simon Phillips.
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07 April 2010 @ 05:02 pm
Toronto actors join camp Priscilla’s desert

At least three Toronto actors are going to be part of Priscilla Queen of the Desert — the Musical when it opens in Toronto this October as part of the Mirvish Subscription season before going on to Broadway early in 2011.

The Star has learned that Thom Allison, David Lopez and Susan Dunstan are the lucky trio offered roles in the musical, currently enjoying a hit run in London.
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