by Kelly, Guest Services Manager
I’ll admit it – I’m a Broadway fanatic. In my time off from working hard to bring the best of New York City to our clients here at New York Guest, I am a professional singer and actor, so nothing makes me happier than a night on “The Great White Way.” This week I was lucky enough to see a performance of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” along with my colleagues Michael, Kelly and concierge Isa.
Based on the cult hit movie from 1994, “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” follows two drag queens and a transsexual on a cross-country journey through the wilds of the Australian Outback in a giant pink bus they lovingly christen “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” Frustrated with his career in Sydney, Tick (played by Broadway favorite Will Swenson) receives an invitation from his ex-wife to perform his drag show at her casino on the other side of the country. Tick enlists the help of his two best friends: Bernadette, a transsexual who is grieving the loss of both her recently deceased husband as well as her glory days as a performer (played by Tony nominee Tony Sheldon) and Adam, a young and restless troublemaker making his mark on the drag queen world with his new style of performance (played by Nick Adams). As the trip kicks off, Bernadette and Adam’s personalities clash, while Tick is busy hiding his personal reasons for taking the cross-country trip – the chance to meet his young son, Benji. The journey is far from smooth – the trio encounters mechanical problems along the way, casing them to encounter an array of Australian citizens – some of whom are less than welcoming of their drag queen lifestyle.
A unique part of “Priscilla” is the way the songs are mixed into the show. The drag queens alternate between singing their own numbers as well as lip synching along to three “Divas,” who spend the majority of the show singing their faces off in three-part harmony, all while dangling from the top of the stage area. These three extremely talented ladies move the action along from above, occasionally dropping onto the stage to join in a full-cast production number, of which there are many.
The trio of leading men will win your heart right from the start. Touchingly acted by all three, I was extremely impressed with the depth of each of the characters. The witty barbs exchanged between Bernadette and Adam had the entire audience laughing, and the tender scenes between Tick and Benji as well as the trio of men literally had me in tears. Special props must also be given to Nick Adams – he is an unbelievable dancer, with a voice that had me from the first note (and trust me…being a trained singer, I am a TOUGH vocal critic.)
Now, I’m not going to lie to you – this show is not for everyone. If you’re uncomfortable watching drag queens “shake their groove thang” with the occasional curse word and innuendo tossed in for comic effect, then you might want to look for a different show. However, if you want to see energetic dance numbers, over 500 colorful, sparkly and imaginative costumes (for which “Priscilla” won the 2011 Tony Award for “Best Costume Design of a Musical,”) bounce along in your seat to an epic list of disco and dance hits like “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” and “Material Girl,” all while experiencing a truly heartwarming story about the importance of family, friendship, tolerance, and loving yourself for who you are, then this is the show for you.
I had a blast at the show, and ever since I have been singing bits of the soundtrack to anyone who will listen…and a few who won’t…haha!
Did you know you can have your bachelorette party at Priscilla, and the bride will get to dance on stage? You can also propose or even get married on stage during the show! If you’re interested in any of these, or just want to see the show on your next trip to New York, check out the Priscilla Concierge Website at http://www.priscillaonbroadway.com/concierge.html or email me at email@example.com or give us a call at 212-302-4019 to secure your seating today!
Priscilla Concierge Website: http://www.priscillaonbroadway.com/concierge.html
Priscilla Concierge Contact Info: 212-575-1044 x. 235 or firstname.lastname@example.org