Priscilla Queen of the Desert Begins Pre-Broadway Toronto Engagement Oct. 12

News   Priscilla Queen of the Desert Begins Pre-Broadway Toronto Engagement Oct. 12
The pre-Broadway engagement of the new musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert begins previews at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, for a 12-week run, Oct. 12 prior to an official opening Oct. 26.

Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson and Nick Adams
Tony Sheldon, Will Swenson and Nick Adams Photo by Krissie Fullerton

Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon (as Bernadette), Hair Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (as Tick/Mitzi) and La Cage aux Folles actor Nick Adams (as Adam/Felicia) star as "the trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting adventure 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."

The North American company also features C. David Johnson (Bob), James Brown III (Jimmy), Nathan Lee Graham (Miss Understanding), Mike McGowan (Frank), J. Elaine Marcos (Cynthia), Jessica Phillips (Marion), Steve Schepis (Farrah), Keala Settle (Shirley), plus "Divas" Jacqueline Arnold, Anastacia McCleskey and Ashley Spencer, with Thom Allison, Kyle Brown, Bryan West, Tad Wilson, Joshua Buscher, Susan Dunstan, Gavin Lodge, David Lopez, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Jeff Metzler and Eric Sciotto.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott and directed by Simon Phillips.

The score features existing dance-floor favorites. The musical will arrive at the Palace Theatre on Broadway Feb. 28, 2011, with an official opening scheduled for March 20.

The show is drawn from the Academy Award-winning film "The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert," which starred starring Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce. Choreography is by Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements are by Stephen "Spud" Murphy, and set design is by Brian Thomson. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner have re-created their Academy Award-winning costume designs, which were originally designed for the film. Lighting is designed by Nick Schlieper and sound design is by Jonathan Deans. Make-up design is re-created by Cassie Hanlon.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert had its world premiere in Sydney in 2006 and has subsequently dragged its flashy wares to Melbourne and New Zealand, becoming the most successful Australian musical of all time. The London production is now in its second year in the West End at the Palace Theatre. Beyond Toronto and Broadway, further international dates are also in discussion for productions in Brazil, Scandinavia and Germany.

The staging won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design for Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner. The show was also nominated for Best New Musical and Tony Sheldon was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is produced by Liz Koops and Garry McQuinn; Specific Films; Allan Scott Productions; Roy Furman; James L. Nederlander; Terry Allen Kramer; Terri and Timothy Childs, Ken Greiner & Chip Meyrelles; Chugg Entertainment; Michael Buckley; Bruce Davey; Stewart F. Lane / Bonnie Comley; Thierry Suc; Robert G. Bartner; Volcano Project; David Mirvish; Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment / Spirtas-Mauro Productions/MAS Music Arts & Show.

For tickets, schedule and performance information on the West End and Toronto productions visit For more information about the Broadway run, visit

The Divas: Ashley Spencer, Jacqueline Arnold and Anastacia McCleskey
The Divas: Ashley Spencer, Jacqueline Arnold and Anastacia McCleskey Photo by Krissie Fullerton
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