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28th May 2008

Priscilla - believe the hype!

Posted by: Kitten Power

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical, Civic Theatre, Auckland, May 28

There is just one word to describe Priscilla, The Musical - fabulous!  

The stage adaptation takes all the heart of the original story from the 1994 classic movie, but with expansion in both the budget and music it takes it to a whole new level of camp fun.

From the gravity defying head-dresses, the divas descending from the rafters, the giddying costume changes, the $1 million specially made bus and a giant shoe that would put even Dorothy’s Sister to shame . . . it is a madly fun spectacle.

The gorgeous Daniel Scott is hilarious as Adam and his drag persona Felicia, with all the deliriously sharp shrieking tones of any truly over-the-top queen, while the classy Tony Sheldon perfectly creates Bernadette, the towering, widowed transsexual who finds love in the most unlikely place.

The story flows through one toes-tapping-and-hips-shaking-in-your-seat song after another, from I Will Survive and Go West, to at one stage almost becoming the “Priscilla Queen of the Dessert” with a wonderfully gratuitous dancing cupcake scene set to Donna Summer’s MacArthur Park.

Here’s a little taste:

While the cast members sing many of the pieces, they also lipsync while backed up by three “divas” who manage to keep smiling and emitting powerful vocals, while dangling from rooftop wires.

The crowd was full of the A-W list of Auckland celebrities and sprinkled with the wigs of local drag royalty.  All were on their feet, dancing, singing and clapping as the curtain fell.

Priscilla is a must-see for anyone who likes a touch of fabulousness in their evening . . . but just one warning . . . watch out for flying ping pong balls!

Have you seen the show?  What did you think?

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 I will survive! // May 29, 2008 at 1:49 am

    I’m seeing this on Saturday and can’t wait. Ping Pong balls? Hmmm I’ll try to catch one!

  • 2 NEIL // May 30, 2008 at 6:08 pm


  • 3 John & Des // May 31, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    We’re hooked. Saw the show in Sydney and again in Melbourne Will also see it in Auckland early June. The only show we have ever wanted to see 3 times - its mindblowingly marvellous in so many ways DON’T MISS IT !

  • 4 Phil // Jun 2, 2008 at 8:33 am

    While visiting Auckland, I was lucky enough to grab a ticket. One of the best musicals I have ever seen!!! Everything from the colour flashing cocktail glasses bought in the foyer, the huge lipstick on centre stage as you walk in, the dimming of the lights and a disco mirror ball that comes to life, and thats just to set the mood. It only gets better from there. Only one word can describe it - FABULOUS!!! Chookers darls…

  • 5 Virginia // Jun 3, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Hey folks! I’m taking a group from Christchurch, then picking up others in Wellington to go up to Auckland for a special matinee of Priscilla! Check out
    to join me! Flights, transfers, lunch, and tickets included - get out your bling and get all frocked up!!

  • 6 matt // Jun 19, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I got free tickets ’cause one of the main poducers came into work to buy a suit a few hours before curtain on opening night. I absolutely went crazy at work and couldnt believe i was going to opening night of Priscilla! It was so great.

  • 7 Karen P. // Jun 29, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Just the most amazing show!! I couldn’t take my eye’s of the stage from start to finish. Captivating and such a dam polished show I don’t think I blinked. You could tell how passionate the cast were giving standout performances. The singers were incredible, strong and holding. Dancing was off the planet sychronized with such beautiful and tangible movements. Humour was funny and relateable as well… If you haven’t seen it, you must!! Amazing just amazing x

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