Thursday, May 18, 2006

Priscilla, the musical?

The beloved Australian film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, is being made into a stage musical, according to Variety.

It is set to open in Sydney's Star City Casino's Lyric Theater on October 7th.

The show will tell the story of two drag-queens and a transexual, who hire a purple bus to travel to Alice Springs, a resort town in the remote Australian outback, to perform their drag show. The encounter a number of colourful characters along the way.

Stephan Elliott, who wrote the original screenplay, has teamed up with Allan Scott to write a libretto for the stage show, which will be renamed Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Costume designer Lizzy Gardiner, who won an Oscar for doing the original Priscilla costumes, has also joined the show's creative team.

The artistic director of the Melbourne Theatre Company, Simon Phillips, will direct the show, while the Tony Award-winning designer Brian Thomson is expected to create the sets.

Wonder if Mitzi Macintosh will get to play a lead role? Did love the show at the Imperial!

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