Center left to right (flying): Emily Afton, Brit West and Bre Jackson and Company in the number “It’s Raining Men” from Priscilla Queen of the Desert the musical presented by Broadway Sacramento at The Community Center Theater November 5 – 10, 2013. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Hold onto your pantyhose ladies and gents, because it’s raining men! Tuesday, November 5, was the opening night for Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Community Center Theater and it was hands down the most fun I’ve ever had at the theater. Sprinkled throughout the audience were sightings of pink boas and teased hair, true fans enthused about the antics that were about to begin. When the curtains opened, the crowd is greeted to a glowing, sparkling Sydney Harbour Bridge and are instantly enamored by the glitz, glam, and overall fabulous-ness.
Left to Right: Wade McCollum as Mitzi, Scott Willis as Bernadette and Bryan West as Felicia in the number “I Love the Nightlife” from Priscilla Queen of the Desert the musical presented by Broadway Sacramento at The Community Center Theater November 5 – 10, 2013. Photo by Joan Marcus
The musical follows the heartwarming story of Tick (Mitzi), the bisexual drag queen who puts his fears and aside, and attempts to drive across the Australian desert to meet a his 6-year-old son. Accompanying Mitzi along the journey are the young, exuberant, and Madonna obsessed, Felicia (Adam), and the old-Hollywood glam transvestite, Bernadette, who always knows just what to say. This crazy trio throw caution to the wind and say ‘Alice Springs or bust’ in their beat up tour bus named, Priscilla.
I was kept laughing by the brilliant, spot-on tongue in cheek smartly woven throughout the lines and lyrics. The orchestra was magnificent, and the musical numbers blew my mind; I was even caught red-handed singing along to pop classics, “I Will Survive,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “We Belong,” by my date!
Center left to right: Wade McCollum, Scott Willis, Bryan West and Company in the number “I Will Survive” from Priscilla Queen of the Desert the musical presented by Broadway Sacramento at The Community Center Theater November 5 – 10, 2013. Photo by Joan Marcus.
You truly don’t want to miss this one of a kind musical masterpiece about acceptance and love. It’s a time-old tale, with a little extra glitter thrown in. Find out more about Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which runs through Sunday, November 10. Showtimes are Wednesday/Friday 8pm, Thursday/Sat 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday 2pm. Tickets range from $21-$88 and are available online or by calling (916) 557-1999 or (916) 808-5181.
Tune in for Broadway Sacramento‘s upcoming shows: Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Flash Dance – The Musical, Blue Man Group, and Sister Act.
Blog post written by Sacramento365.com writer and former intern, Tiffani D’Angelico.