ENTERTAINMENT NEWS …
QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Complete casting has been announced for the pre-Broadway Toronto run of Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical, directed by Simon Phillips. Written by Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott, the musical begins its North American premiere at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre on October 12, with opening set for October 26. Priscilla makes the jump to Broadway in spring 2011.
Joining previously announced stars Tony Sheldon (Bernadette), Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Tick/Mitzi) and Nick Adams (Adam/Felicia) are Ashley Spencer (Diva), Mike McGowan (Frank) and ensemble members Christopher Gurr, Ellyn Marie Marsh and Jeff Metzler. The production also features C. David Johnson (Bob), James Brown III (Jimmy), Nathan Lee Graham (Miss Understanding), J. Elaine Marcos (Cynthia), Jessica Phillips (Marion), Steve Schepis (Farrah), Keala Settle (Shirley), “Divas” Jacqueline Arnold and Anastacia McCleskey and Thom Allison, Kyle Brown, Bryan West, Tad Wilson, Joshua Buscher, Susan Dunstan, David Lopez and Eric Sciotto.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends 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. The show, written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, had its world premiere in Australia in 2006.
It is based on the 1994 Australian film that blitzed overseas box offices, causing near riot at the Cannes Film Festival. It won an Academy Award and starred well known Australian actors including Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp. It's fun, daring, over-the-top and unforgettable. A road movie that has attitude and the occasional frock.