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Priscilla - Queen of the Desert - The Musical. Leeds Grand Theatre

Published by: GRAHAM CLARK on 3rd Jul 2013 | View all blogs by GRAHAM CLARK
A sign displayed in the audiotorium warns "this performance contains strong language and adult themes" informing theatre goers what to expect from this colourful and entertaining show.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

The innuendos are far from subtle and the music (gay disco anthems) is as over the top as the costumes.

There is a story to the musical though - 3 friends who dress up as drag queens hop aboard their own bus from Sydney aiming to get to Alice Springs, their bus breaks down en route in the Australian outback and they experience bigotry and insults from the heterosexual male members of the outback. Families are reunited and true love is found at the end of their journey and the show finishes on a high.

Jason Donovan is the headline artist and he plays a convincing role as Tick. Interestingly enough Kylie Minogue is the trio's fantasy figure. Richard Grieve better known as Jonny Foster in Emmerdale plays Bernadette with ease whilst Graham Weaver settles into the role of Felicia.

Three feathered divas Emma Kingston, Ellie Leah and Laura Mansell descend on high from throughout the show giving the disco numbers some flavour. It's Raining Men, I Will Survive and Hot Stuff have never sounded as good. Each song is perfectly placed in the musical with the lyric to each song bringing meaning to the dialogue.

If you are looking for a fun night out with a show that has that feel good factor then this is the show for you. It might not be high-brow but fun it certainly is.

Runs until 13th July 2013. Ticket prices £10.00 - £39.50

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Telephone: 0844 848 2700


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Thanks, Graham. I totally agree! A great fun show.
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