Priscilla Queen of the Desert has finally sashayed it’s way to the Academy of Music for a one-week-only stop. Based on the 1994 Australian film of the same name, this jukebox musical is a party from curtain to close.
Telling the story of two drag queens and a transsexual’s journey across the Outback, the stage version is exponentially gayer than the motion picture — from the out-and-proud dialogue and over-the-top costumes to an enormous hot pink bus. Many of the songs are taken from the film (“I Will Survive,” “Shake Your Groove Thing,” “Go West” and ” I Love The Nightlife”), but the show’s been mostly updated with gems from pop divas Cyndi Lauper, a little Cher, and LOTS of Madonna.
Standout performances include Bryan West’s sassy Felicia and Chelsea Zeno, who plays a small part as Cynthia that practically steals the show. Hint: You may never look at a ping-pong ball the same, but that’s a small price to pay for the fun you’ll have seeing this while it’s in town.
Better hurry, though, Priscilla run tonight through Sun., March 3 at The Academy of Music.