Can a South Florida audience embrace an Australian musical about two drag queens and a transsexual? If they are traveling in a battered lavender bus named Priscilla, there’s a very good chance.
The first national tour of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” premieres in Miami for a limited one-week engagement April 2-7 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
This musical tells the uplifting story of trio of friends, who happen to be comprised of two drag queens and a transsexual, who contract to perform a drag show in a remote Australian desert town. The show tells of their adventures as they travel west from Sydney aboard their lavender bus, Priscilla.
The show is adapted from the 1994 movie that became an instant cult sensation and also earned an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. For the musical, more than 20 dance-floor favorites were added, including “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally,” and “I Will Survive.”
The original version of the musical debuted in Sydney in 2006, became the most successful musical of all time. This 2011production, which opened on Broadway to critical acclaim in captured the Tony Award for Best Costume Design, and also received three Best Musical award nominations from the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award organizations.
The production also garnered glowing reviews, with the Hollywood Reporter calling the show “funny and fabulous,” and NY-1 News raved, “Beneath all that glitz beats a great big sequined heart.” WOR radio said, “All of the songs you’ve loved for years will blow you away.”
Tickets start at $26
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