FACTS ABOUT PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT:
Opened: Original Production - 7 October, 2006; Broadway - 20 March, 2011
Priscilla Queen of the Desert Director: Simon Phillips
Priscilla Queen of the Desert Music Arranged By: Stephen "Spud" Murphy
Priscilla Queen of the Desert Book By: Stephan Elliot, Allan Scott
Broadway Theatre: Palace Theatre
Tony Award Nominations: 2
Tony Awards Won: 1
Notes: Based on the 1994 motion picture The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
The 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert chronicles the travels of three female impersonators as they make their way across the Australian Outback in a bus dubbed "Prisclla". It took writer/director Stephan Elliot 12 years from the film's opening to translate it into a jukebox musical. Dropping "The Adventures of", Priscilla, Queen of the Desert debuted at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia in October of 2006.
The book by Stephan Elliot (the film's writer) and Allan Scott doesn't veer too far away from the film. It follows Mitzi Mitosis and her friends Bernadette Bassenger and Felicia Jollygoodfellow as they travel to Mitzi's gig in the far off town of Alice Springs aboard a beat-up tour bus they've named "Prisclla." Many of the songs from the film are present, as is an actual bus, specially modified to open and change color over the course of the show.
The original Sydney production lasted almost a year before new productions set up in Melbourne, New Zealand, and eventually London's prestigious West End. The positive reviews and friendly, popular tunes eventually lead to a Broadway run. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert opened on Broadway late in March, 2011, at the Palace Theatre after a 12 week tryout in Toronto and almost a month of previews.
The Broadway show earned 2 Tony nominations, winning the Best Costume Design of a Musical award for the elaborate attire worn by the performers during their big numbers. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert's run at the Palace Theatre is open ended, giving everyone ample opportunity to enjoy the humor, classic pop tunes like "Downtown" and "I Will Survive", and amazing costumes this show provides. Get your tickets today!
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