I'm so glad I got a ticket to Priscilla Queen of the Desert. It was a fantastic show.
Tony Sheldon who was wonderful as Roger DeBris in The Producers, was incredible in this. He inhabited the role of Bernadette so completely that it was a shock to see him come out for a final bow as himself and not her.
There was an understudy, Rohan Seinor, in the role of Tick/Mitzi but he did a great job, and Daniel Scott was gorgeous and hilarious as Adam/Felicia. Bill Hunter reprised his movie role of Bob nicely although the chemistry with Bernadette wasn't as strong. Collette Mann did well in her big number, but seemed to be concentrating hard on the other dance acts.
I don't think I've ever seen a Chorus full of so many hot guys. The performance of Venus in particular got the heart rate up especially from my close view.
I had a seat on the aisle in the second front row. It was a great position and although the few times things happened on the floor they were hard to see it was made up for being so close to the performers. I'm going to try to get a similar seat for Wicked, playing in the same theatre.
I'm not sure how well this show will go overseas as so much of the material feels so uniquely Australian. The general themes, music and showiness will but there'd need to be a lot of changes to many of the jokes. And that would be a shame because many of these were hilarious.
I'd been hesitant to see this because I'd heard about the Divas singing while the performers lip synced. But this was only a small part of the musical and the rest of the cast sang the other songs. The selection was interesting and most were woven into the show nicely (although 'Macarthur Park' was rather forced).
The costumes were as spectacular as you'd expect. The staging was very interesting. The actual bus was a great set.
There was a little audience interaction too. The first time I think the audience wasn't sure how to respond. The second time I was hoping they'd pick me because it was a show that really made me want to get up and dance. (Maybe even to drag up but that's another matter!)