Based on the Oscar-winning film the iconic hit musical, which features a dazzling array of more than 500 award-winning costumes, 200 headdresses and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics Priscilla Queen of the Desert returned home to Australia last night for its 10th anniversary celebration tour. After winning a glittering array of international awards form Broadway to the West End, and everything in-between, the hilariously addictive heart-warming journey returned to the motherland to sold out crowds indicative of the home-grown hero it has become. Championing the LGBTIQ community long before it’s general acceptance the film tackles issues in what was considered a ground breaking way and the wildly popular stage production by the legendary Simon Phillips is no different.
We start the production with Tick (Played by David Harris) talking us through his hatred for where he’s at in his life and as we progress we are introduced to Bernadette (Played by Tony Sheldon) & Felicia (Played by Euan Doidge) who form the entourage as Tick sets out to put the show of a lifetime on in Australia’s red centre. As the three “friends” hop aboard the battered old bus bound for Alice Springs we are immediately aware of the ego’s they each character possesses but as we are taken on a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance we learn that together we make a stronger team than we do apart. Before arriving in Alice the bus breaks down and mechanic Bob (Played by Robert Grubb) not only fixes the mechanical issues but joins along on the ride to the dusty plains of the outback. As we land at the red centre’s casino the trio of accomplished starlets, who have no seconds to spare, are greeted by Tick’s former wife Marion (Played by Adele Parkinson) and their offspring Benji (Played by Samuel Boyden) and are treated to a truly magical ending where love seems to conquer all.
If you haven’t yet seen why people globally have flocked to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert then I can honestly say you’re truly missing out. From world-class acting to moments that will have you laughing, dancing, singing and crying this widely acclaimed masterful work is not one you want to miss. Take a look below at some my moments from last nights opening night or better yet head down to the Regent Theatre and see the show before it’s too late!