Priscilla Queen of the Desert to Open in Toronto in Fall 2009

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the musical based on the 1994 Australian film about a trio of drag queens who take their show to the middle of the outback aboard a battered old bus nicknamed Priscilla, will make its North American premiere in fall 2009 in Toronto at a David Mirvish theatre.
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The Divas: Sophie Carter, Christina O Photo by Gary Heery

In a statement producer David Mirvish said, "We are always looking to bring the world's newest and best stage productions to Toronto. When we heard that Priscilla, one of the most original, startling and fun-loving films of the 1990s, had been adapted into a musical, we rushed to Australia to see it. "To our delight, the stage production was as special as the film. And seeing the story fleshed out live on stage, with more songs, more costumes, more dancing and more infectious, feel-good cheer, we knew this would be a worldwide phenomenon.

"We are excited to be launching this extraordinary show in Toronto. We will be the show's entry to North America. Our audiences will be able to see it first, as Priscilla will be the cornerstone of the 2009-10 Mirvish subscription season."

Theatre, performance dates and casting will be announced at a later time.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical was written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. Simon Phillips directs.

The musical will begin performances at London's Palace Theatre March 10, 2009, prior to a press night on March 23 and a gala night on March 24.

Priscilla, according to press notes, "tells the story of a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio: Tick, Bernadette and Adam. Travelling across Australia in a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla), the three agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian 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."

The cast of Australia's <i>Priscilla Queen of the Desert</i>
The cast of Australia's Priscilla Queen of the Desert Photo by Jeff Busby
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