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07 April 2010 @ 05:02 pm
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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.

Sources close to the New York production confirmed the information, while cautioning that no contracts have yet officially been signed.

Allison and Lopez will be members of the ensemble, with Allison also supposedly understudying the standout role of Bernadette, created by Terence Stamp in the cult 1994 film about a trio of cross-dressing entertainers who get their big break in the Australian outback.

Dunstan is expected to be one of the divas, who — suspended in the air in outrageous costumes — provide most of the vocals for the show, taken from a wide selection of camp disco favorites including “I Will Survive.”

All three performers are well-known to local audiences. Dunstan spent nearly three years with The Lion King, was in Annie Get Your Gun opposite Louise Pitre and laboured in Middle Earth during The Lord of the Rings — the Musical.

Lopez made his biggest impression on Toronto audiences as The Viper in theCanadian Stage production of Ain’t Misbehavin’, but has also been seen everywhere from Sudbury to Barrie and on TV in the special, Once Upon a Mattress.

Allison is probably the one with the fastest track record, thanks to his performance in the 2000 Brad Fraser-Joey Miller musical, Outrageous. Since then, he’s appeared at the Shaw Festival in A Little Night Music and A New Brain for Acting Up Stage Theatre.

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