Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a musical with a book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, and well-known pop songs as its score. Adapted from Elliott's 1994 film "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" the musical tells the story of two drag queens and a transgender woman who get a contract to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs and as they head west from Sydney aboard their lavender bus; Priscilla the three friends come to the forefront of a comedy of errors while widening comfort zones and finding new horizons.
I am not at all fan of celebrity casting in Musical Theatre however sometimes I make exceptions and this is definitely the case as the winner of 2017 Strictly Come Dancing; Joe McFadden (also known for his appearances in Holby City, Casualty and High Road) was absolutely insane. McFadden delivered his character exceptionally well and his vocals were heartwarming as he has a stunning tone of voice. He was accompanied on stage by Miles Western playing the role of Bernadette and Nick Hayes playing Felicia/Adam and once again both Western and Hayes blew me away as their characters were developed extremely well and their voices were simply incredible especially with the big belting numbers.
The Divas played by Aiesha Pease, Claudia Kariuki and Rosie Glossop were just spectacular and combined together sounded angelic. Each one of the Divas had their chance to show their voice in a couple of solo bits and OMG, they blew the roof off the Palace Theatre stage and the auditorium.
The rest of the cast just made this show even more sublime because everyone was very talented with harmonies on point and the choreography mastered.
The cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - UK Tour
The costumes designed by Charles Cusick-Smith and Phil R Daniels (who also designed the wonderful and very clever set) were insanely dazzling and glamorous, blinding the audience with bright colours and designs. The choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves was phenomenal and quite mesmerizing to watch as each routine combined many different dance styles together and created this masterpiece of choreography.
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Overall, this is a feel-good musical that is so relevant to the current issues making it an absolute must-see so get a bus, name it Priscilla, 'Go West', and book your tickets now!