Matt Cavenaugh and Will Swenson Reportedly in Talks for Broadway Priscilla

News   Matt Cavenaugh and Will Swenson Reportedly in Talks for Broadway Priscilla
Matt Cavenaugh, who created the role of Tony in the current Broadway revival of West Side Story, and Hair Tony nominee Will Swenson are currently in negotiations to star in the Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, according to

Matt Cavenaugh and Will Swenson
Matt Cavenaugh and Will Swenson Photo by Aubrey Reuben

As previously reported, the North American premiere of the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Toronto in fall 2010 will be followed by a spring 2011 opening on Broadway. says that Cavenaugh is in talks to play Adam/Felicia, with Swenson in talks to play Tick/Mitzy. Tony Sheldon, who created the role of Bernadette, will repeat his work for North American audiences, according to

A production spokesperson could not confirm any of the casting.

Produced by Back Row Productions, Specific Films, Rafford Films, Nederlander Productions, Inc., Terri and Timothy Childs in association with MGM On Stage—Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber, the musical based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name will play 12 weeks at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto starting in October 2010 before moving to a Broadway house to be determined.

A Broadway opening of March 6, 2011, was listed on a recent casting notice. The producers have not officially publicly announced this plan. Changes in exact dates routinely occur between early casting notices and the actual production. The musical is popular in Australia and London. It has a book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, with direction by Simon Phillips. It was originally choreographed in Australia by Ross Coleman. Music supervisor is Stephen "Spud" Murphy. Casting is by Telsey + Company.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert tells "the story of a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio: Tick, Bernadette and Felicia. Traveling across Australia in a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla), the three agree to take their show to the middle of the outback. In a heart-warming, uplifting adventure, these three fish out of water, searching for love and friendship, end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. Priscilla features a dazzling array of spectacular and colorful costumes and a score of dance-floor classics, including: 'I Will Survive,' 'Don't Leave Me This Way,' 'Finally,' 'I Love The Nightlife,' 'Color My World' and 'Shake Your Groove Thing,' all brought to life by the big sound of the live Priscilla band."


Toronto producer David Mirvish first wanted the show to play Toronto in fall 2009, but the production was bumped several times.

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