We're about to start a 10 day party in San Francisco when "Priscilla: Queen of the Desert" makes its San Francisco premiere tomorrow.
Based upon the Australian movie, "Priscilla" is one of the most fun musicals I have ever seen. It's light, airy, foot-stomping, jaw dropping and one of the best times you'll ever have in a theatre.
It's like frosting. Sometimes you just want the fluff of sweetness on top and skip the cake all together.
I have seen this show in all of its incarnations and it has never disappointed.
First there's the movie. It was a trailblazer for its time and had a cast unknown to U.S. audiences. But look at them now. Oscar nominee Terence Stamp was already known to classic film lovers but his co-stars Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving were not names yet to Americans. Now they are stars in their own right.
I feel head over heels with the live musical version when I saw it in London several years ago with Tony Sheldon and Jason Donovan. Not only for its fun story and catchy popular dance songs (it contains no original songs) but for the outrageous sets and those frickingly amazing costumes from Lizzy Gardiner, who won an Oscar for the movie version. I danced out of the isles with a new fondness for Kylie Minogue songs.
Fast forward a bit and it opened on Broadway. Still with Sheldon, who received a Tony nomination, and with all new "Americanized" songs especially with Madonna tunes replacing Kylie. Smart move for the U.S. and it fits as one character, Felicia, had an obsession with Kylie in London and in the American run to Felicia idolizes Madonna.
With the winning Broadway team of Sheldon, Will Swenson (who is one of New York's most diverse and talented actors) and Nick Adams (who is one of the sexiest men alive and perhaps BEST dancers on Broadway), who would think the touring version can hold up.
I can't wait to find out. But like the old song says, I've got high hopes. It's hard to destroy the energy generated by the show itself. Additionally, they have an ace up their sleeve with one of its cast members, Wade McCollum, who happens to be one of my favorite stage actors. I've seen him in TheatreWorks' production of "Fly By Night" a few years ago and I have grown to admire him even more on the wonderful Broadway-style web series "Submissions Only." So it seems the touring version did not skimp on talent and I can't wait to be blown away this week by this magical show. I just bet the other leads will not disappoint!
Only here 10 days, so you shouldn't wait for my review to get tickets. Get them now at www.shnsf.com.