Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical
The State Theatre
1519 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
All performances of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical” (January 15-27, 2013), will now be held in the State Theatre (originally scheduled and ticketed to play the Palace). In addition, the opening night performance on Tuesday, January 15 will have a new 8:00 p.m. curtain time. This time change is for opening night ONLY. All other performances will begin at their normally scheduled times. All current ticket holders will receive new tickets by mail prior to their ticketed performance.
The first national tour of the Broadway sensation Priscilla, ‘Queen of the Desert’ comes to PlayhouseSquare January 15-27
The first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical is coming to the State Theatre in Cleveland, from January 15-27, 2013 as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical will star Wade McCollum (“Tick/Mitzi”), Scott Willis (“Bernadette”) and Bryan West (“Adam/Felicia”) as the trio of friends, on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. Joe Hart stars as “Bob.”
With over 500 dazzling 2011 Tony® Award-winning costumes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical features a hit parade of over 20 dance-floor favorites including “It's Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.”
The new musical opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on March 20, 2011 at the Palace Theatre. The Hollywood Reporter called Priscilla “funny and fabulous! Joyous entertainment with eye-popping visuals and unexpected heart!” NY-1 News raved “Beneath all that glitz beats a great big sequined heart!” WOR Radio sang “All the songs you’ve loved for years will blow you out of your seat!”
Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical won a 2011 Tony Award® for Best Costume Design for Academy Award® winners Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner’s designs. The new hit musical received three Best Musical award nominations from the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award organizations. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner were also honored with 2011 Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Costume Design.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical, the most successful Australian musical of all time, had its world premiere in Sydney in 2006. Adapted from the 1994 Academy Award® winning film The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. Direction: Simon Phillips, choreography: Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements: Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy, set design: Brian Thomson, costume design: Tim Chappel & Lizzy Gardiner, lighting design: Nick Schlieper, sound design: Jonathan Deans & Peter Fitzgerald, make up design: Cassie Hanlon.
WADE MCCOLLUM (Tick/Mitzi). Jersey Boys (Chicago/San Fran), Velociraptor of Faith in Triassic Parq the Musical (Off Broadway), Emcee in Cabaret (Dallas Theatre Center), Dracula in Steven Dietz's Dracula (GEVA/IRT), Prior in Angels in America (Portland Playhouse), Woody in Toy Story the Musical (Disney/Pixar Workshop), The Narrator in Fly By Night, a new musical (TheatreWorks Palo Alto), Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries, Charlotte in I Am My Own Wife (Portland Center Stage), Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Los Angeles Celebration Theatre, Garland Award and LA Critic's Circle Award: Best Actor). TV: Nolan Grigsby in season 2 of Broadway's favorite sitcom: “Submissions Only” submissionsonly.com. wadesong.com
SCOTT WILLIS (Bernadette). Who would have guessed twenty six years ago when Scott was backpacking through the Outback of Australia that he would now be making the very same trip to Ayers Rock in a bus named PRISCILLA? Scott has performed in numerous Broadway and National Touring productions including the 30th Anniversary production of Annie as “Rooster Hannigan,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair, the Tony Award-winning Crazy For You, David Merrick’s 42nd Street and the 50th Anniversary production of The Fantasticks in New York. Annually, he stars as “Santa Claus” with the Radio City Rockettes in their Christmas Spectacular across America.
BRYAN WEST (Adam/Felicia) is thrilled to join the Priscilla tour direct from its fabulous Broadway run. Other Broadway credits include Hairspray, Wicked and Legally Blonde.
First national tours of Hairspray and Wicked and Wicked’s Los Angeles company. Recording artist BMG Records Europe. To all the youth out there doubting themselves... It Gets Better!! Proud member of Actors Equity.
JOE HART (Bob). Original Broadway Companies: Bonnie & Clyde, Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public. National Tours: Annie Get Your Gun, Best Little Whorehouse In Texas with Alexis Smith, reprising his Aggie role in the film with Dolly Parton. Ovation Award: Best Supporting Actor, Angels Of Lemnos; Ovation Nomination: Best Actor, Woman In Black (both Road Theater). Other award winning shows: Bouncers (LA Drama Critics Circle), Anything Goes (Ovation), Napoli Milionaria (Ovation). Film, TV, Commercials available IMDB. Proud member of MTG and AEA.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical will play the Palace Theatre at PlayhouseSquare for 18 performances, January 15 - 27, 2013. Performances are Tuesday – Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets for all shows are currently on sale at the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office (1519 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland), online at playhousesquare.org or by calling 216-241-6000. Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 216-664-6050.
Priscilla is part of the KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare. KeyBank is the title sponsor of the KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare. For more information, visit key.com.
This performance engagement is also part of the Smart Seats program at PlayhouseSquare that offers smart entertainment at a smart price. For more information on Smart Seats, visit playhousesquare.org/smartseats.
To enrich the experience of the theatergoers, the PlayhouseSquare Community Engagement & Education Department creates an in-depth online newsletter, the Buzz Extra, and presents free Broadway Buzz events to complement KeyBank Broadway Series shows. Broadway Buzz Pre-Show Talks, providing behind-the-scenes insight, are held in the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare one hour prior to each performance of Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical.
On Thursday evenings, January 17 and 24, guests are invited to stay in the theater for a post-show chat with members of the cast. Broadway Buzz events are made possible by the generous donors and sponsors that support PlayhouseSquare’s not-for-profit mission.
The Buzz Extra newsletter and more information about Broadway Buzz events and activities can be found online at playhousesquare.org/broadwaybuzz.
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