PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Go West!" On the Road With Priscilla Queen of the Desert's Andrew Chappelle
By Matthew Blank
The first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical launched in January in Minneapolis, MN. Cast member Andrew Chappelle shares some exclusive photos from the road.
"From the beautiful beaches of Greece, to the sweltering Australian outback..." says the Mamma Mia! alum. "Tour has been a whirlwind with already so many fun memories in only 2 months! The show has been touching audiences everywhere we go, with every show ending in rousing standing ovations. Here's to the rest of tour!"
The cast is headed by Wade McCollum (Tick/Mitzi), Scott Willis (Bernadette) and Bryan West (Adam/Felicia) as the "trio of friends, on a road trip of a lifetime, 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."
Joe Hart plays Bob in a cast that also includes Emily Afton, Nik Alexzander, John Capes, Andrew Chappelle, Shane Davis, Alex DeLeo, Taurean Everett, Christy Faber, Amy Hillner, Bre Jackson, Chris Klink, David Koch, Ralph Meitzler, Alex Ringler, Babs Rubenstein, Travis Taber, Brit West, Will B. Whitesell and Chelsea Zeno.
With over 500 Tony Award-winning costumes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical features over 20 dance-floor favorites including “It's Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.” The musical opened on Broadway March 20, 2011, and played its final performance June 24, 2012, after 23 previews and 526 performances.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical won a 2011 Tony Award for Best Costume Design for Academy Award winners Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner’s designs. The musical received three Best Musical award nominations from the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award organizations. Chappel and Gardiner were also honored with 2011 Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Costume Design.
Adapted from the 1994 Academy Award-winning film "The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert," Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. The musical also features direction by Simon Phillips, choreography by Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements by Stephen "Spud" Murphy, set design by Brian Thomson, lighting design by Nick Schlieper, sound design by Jonathan Deans & Peter Fitzgerald and make-up design and Cassie Hanlon.
The current tour itinerary follows:
Mar. 19-3, 2013 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
For more information visit www.priscillaontour.com.
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