Theatre Review: York Stage Musicals Present Priscilla Queen Of The Desert: The Musical

By Richard Johnston | 14th September 2017

Glitterballs, sequins, rainbow coloured lights and feathers to boot. It can only be Priscilla Queen Of The Desert: The Musical. York Stage Musicals boldly bring to life this beloved cult classic and throw everything they have at it, making it one of their best productions to date.

Coaxed vibrantly into the world of the fabulous performing drag queens and transsexual trio, we head into the Australian outback with Tick (Joe Wawrzyniak), Adam/Felicia (Jacob Husband) and Bernadette (Alex Weatherhill) as they venture into the unknown in search of love, family, friendship and a good time. Aboard their affectionately christened bus, Priscilla, they share a journey which shapes their characters for ever.

The production is based heavily upon song and dance and from start to finish, the musical numbers come thick and fast. Sometimes the moments of dialogue seemed to be an ill disguised tool for leading us quickly on to the next song but despite this, the play delivered great entertainment and the whole cast deserve huge credit for their singing and dancing talents.

Throughout the performance the energy and passion of the cast are clear to see and the happy vibe that they all emitted was wonderfully infectious. Despite the occasional portrayal of the upsetting homophobia that the characters were subjected to, I was smiling from start to finish and the audience found laughs a plenty.

The production values of the play were creative and thoughtful. There were some areas that could be polished but with excellent devices like the Priscilla bus set and the utterly fabulous costumes, it didn’t spoil the show.

Fans of the "Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert" film and musical will love this production, as will those who have never seen either of the former; so let yourself go, don’t takeyour self too seriously and have a great time at the Grand Opera House watching this charming musical.

Priscilla shows on 16 September at 14:30 and 17:30. BOOK TICKETS HERE.

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