Priscilla to play at the Palace Theatre from 28 Feb 2011
The Broadway premiere of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott and directed by Simon Phillips, will open at the Palace Theatre on 20 Mar 2011, following previews from 28 Feb 2011.
The new stage musical will make its pre-Broadway, North American debut this fall when it begins performances at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto for a twelve-week only engagement beginning 12 Oct 2010 and officially opening on 26 Oct 2010.
As previously announced the musical will star Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon (Priscilla), Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Tick/Mitzi) and Nick Adams (Adam/Felicia) as the trio of friends who make their own personal journeys of discovery as they go across Australia from Sydney to the outback, in a battered old bus named Priscilla, to perform their show - singing their way through disco songs.
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical will also feature C. David Johnson (Bob), James Brown III (Jimmy), Nathan Lee Graham (Miss Understanding), Mike McGowan (Frank), J. Elaine Marcos (Cynthia), Jessica Phillips (Marion), Steve Schepis (Farrah), Keala Settle (Shirley) and Jacqueline Arnold, Anastacia McCleskey and Ashley Spencer 'Divas.'
Rounding out the cast are Thom Allison, Kyle Brown, Bryan West, Tad Wilson, Joshua Buscher, Susan Dunstan, Gavin Lodge, David Lopez, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Jeff Metzler and Eric Sciotto.
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, adapted from the Academy Award winning film 'The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert,' starring Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce, is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. Direction is by Simon Phillips, choreography is by Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements are by Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy and set design is by Brian Thomson. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner have re-created their Academy Award winning costume designs, which were originally designed for the film. Lighting is designed by Nick Schlieper and sound design is by Jonathan Deans. BAFTA Award winning make up design is recreated by Cassie Hanlon.
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert is produced by Liz Koops and Garry McQuinn for Back Row Productions, Michael Hamlyn for Specific Films, Allan Scott Productions, David Mirvish, Roy Furman, Terry Allen Kramer, Nederlander Organization, Terri and Timothy Childs / Ken Greiner / Chip Meyrelles, Bartner Group LLC, Chugg Entertainment, Bruce Davy, Michael Buckley, Stewart Lane, Thierry Suc and Volcano Project /TS3.
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert had its world premiere in Sydney in Oct 2006 and has subsequently played in Melbourne and New Zealand, becoming the most successful Australian musical of all time. Following a return Sydney season last year due to popular demand, the London production celebrated its first year in the West End at London's Palace Theatre in Mar 2009 and is currently selling tickets through to Mar 2011.
Along with Toronto and Broadway, further international dates are also in discussion for productions in Brazil, Scandinavia and Germany.
The London production, playing at the West End's Palace Theatre, currently stars Don Gallagher (Bernadette), Ben Richards (Tick - Mitzi) and Oliver Thornton (Adam - Felicia).