"Priscilla Queen of the Desert" (Broadway in Chicago): Ahhh-mazing!

"Priscilla Queen of the Desert" (Broadway in Chicago):  Ahhh-mazing!

Broadway in Chicago presents the Tony Award-winning musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT.  Tick is a husband and a father.  He is also a drag queen and gay.  When his wife convinces him to come and meet his 6 year old son, Tick recruits his favorite lady-boys to join him on a road trip.  Their adventure will take them from Sydney to Alice Springs and from urban anonymity to rural notoriety.  Three drag queens in an RV in the desert?  It’s going to be one bodacious journey.  PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT has a heart of gold, a limitless wardrobe and high-heeled-accentuated beautiful gams.

In a show about drag queens, costumes are going to be a focal point.  And PRISCILLA comes out of the closet repeatedly in flamboyant attire.  The number and speed of costume changes is Ahhh-mazing! Tony Award-winning Costume Designers Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner dress, re-dress, re-dress, (on and on) this large cast in imaginative and vibrant pageantry.  The visual is a dynamic whirlwind of feathers, wigs, stockings and dusters.  Every musical number gets its own unique look.  Even the finale releases all new looks on each of the 20+ cast members.  There is a theatrical razzmatazz in the unconventional imagery of this extravagant fashion show.  Wow!

And PRISCILLA doesn’t just look fab, she sounds fabulous too.  The lady empowered soundtrack is memorable pop tunes from Madonna to The Weathergirls.  The catchy tunes are sung with heavenly harmony by the flying divas (Emily Afton, Bre Jackson, Brit West) and swishing pizzazz by the drag divas (Wade McCollum, Scott Willis, Bryan West).  I was particularly mesmerized by Willis’ elegant performance as a woman.  Unlike his counterparts, who appear as men and women, Willis carries the graceful, feminine illusion throughout the show.  His de-wigging at the curtain call is almost startling because I’m so swept away by Bernadette’s sophisticated presence.  A noteworthy West straddles his female and male persona with equal moxie.  Whether he’s singing Madonna or hitting on straight boys, his dynamic personality fills the stage.  The entire cast dresses it up to give this show lasting style.

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is just boys that want to be girls that want have fun!  And they do just that!  If you are looking to be playfully and fashionably entertained, this show is a perfect fit!

 

Running Time:  Two hours and thirty minutes includes an intermission

At Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congressway

Book by Stephan Elliott & Allan Scott

Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

Music Supervision & Arrangements by Stephen “Spud” Murphy

Directed by Simon Phillips

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 7:30pm

Wednesdays at 2pm and 7:30pm

Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm

Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm

Thru March 30th

Buy Tickets at www.broadwayinchicago.com

 

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