Theatre Review: Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Approaching Cambridge Circus and the marauding crowds, there was a sparkle in the air, with groups of people meeting up to head into West End theatre shows which were about to start. And, looking upwards, on the canopy roof of the The Palace Theatre, was poised an oversized glittery stiletto shoe, as if, from out of the sky, a giant disco diva was about to start dancing.
Inside the theatre, it turned out there were three larger than life disco divas ready to dance the night away and belt out some great classic drag tunes; think Donna Summer, Pet Shop Boys, Gloria Gaynor and Tina Turner, outrageous outfits, camp conversation and bawdy humour and you've got Priscilla Queen of the Desert in a nutshell. It's so totally over the top and enchanting all at once that it's hard not to snicker and tap your feet at the same time. You'll also find yourself singing along to some great pop anthems which are sung in the main by three Divas, with the most amazing voices, and of course the three 'female impersonators' who are on their high octane journey across Australia in their ramshackle bus; Priscilla. Based on the Oscar® award-winning film, Priscilla tells the story of Tick (Jason Donovan), Bernadette (Tony Sheldon) and Adam (Oliver Thornton), a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio that agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. The film translates brilliantly to the stage and the road trip plays out very well while Priscilla is the key focus of the set. The cast are a riot and the costumes are incredibly flamboyant too. The show has fans all over the world including celebrities such as Kylie and Dannii Minogue, Lorraine Kelly, Stephen Fry, Jodi Picoult, David Hasselhoff and Heather Small. You can get great deal on lastminute.com with packages that include dinner and theatre too. Please note: Jason Donovan will be away week commencing October 25, 2009 for one week.