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22 July 2010 @ 04:09 pm
Felicia for the North American production announced...  
...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.

Mr. Adams’s character, whose real name is Adam, rounds out a trio that includes Tick, to be played by Will Swenson (the Broadway revival of “Hair”), and Bernadette, played by Tony Sheldon, who was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance of the role in London. In the musical, Tick and Bernadette are friends who decide to make the journey across Australia, ostensibly for a gig, and Tick recruits the younger Adam for their performance act, even though he grates on Bernadette.

Mr. Adams, 27, has performed on Broadway in the 2009 revival of “Guys and Dolls,” “The Pirate Queen,” and the revival of “A Chorus Line.” Notable to some theatergoers for his muscular frame, Mr. Adams unexpectedly found himself in the spotlight during “A Chorus Line” after media reports that his co-star Mario Lopez was concerned that Mr. Adams’s biceps were upstaging his own — which apparently led to Mr. Adams’s wearing a hoodie in scenes with Mr. Lopez.

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Desperately Random: new york; libertycrossoverman on July 22nd, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
I'd love to say Nick left a huge impression on me after seeing La Cage, but as one of the Cagelles - I didn't really know him from, uh, Adam!

Still, it's a very exciting cast - even if it will suffer from terrible Aussie accents! Of course, I'll never see it in New York so I won't have to worry :D
Lisa: Bernadette & Felicia :: a desert holidaynuingiliath on July 23rd, 2010 01:10 pm (UTC)
Of course, I'll never see it in New York so I won't have to worry :D
Which is exactly why I can't manage much excitement for this production... I'm excited for Tony, but that's it.