When Bette Midler took on Broadway and launched Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical around the same time that Harvey Fierstein’s show La Cage Aux Follies was in revival, we thought that broadway was about as gay as you can get. Now instead of having a ton of gays in musicals about gays, the British comedy team of Jennifer Saunders and Joanne Lumley who have entertained us as Patsy and Eddie on the hit tv show Ab Fab (Absolutely Fabulous) have put together a movie version of the show. It isn’t just a movie though, it’s an actual Musical according Vogue Magazie in the UK.
Not only is the show Ab Fab an iconic gay standard, but turning it into a musical takes a gay show to an entirely new level. What’s even more shocking is that Jennifer Saunders, the writer and star of the show, just finished writing a new musical based on, for or featuring the music of the Spice Girls. I don’t think it is going to get much gayer than this, but if anyone is going to be able to do it and to bring even more gays back to the theatre, it is definitely the two of them. Even people who hate theatre, which are a few of my friends, love the show or the Spice Girls and having both of them being produced, worked on and coming out around the same time (I hope at least), is absolutely amazing.
If you’ve never seen the show Ab Fab, I highly recommend it. It is a British comedy so there is a lot of humor and things you may not get. It is also about two women who work in PR and fashion, do drugs, go to clubs, party, shop, obsess over designer clothing and also cause issues without any regard for anyone else or how much things cost. By the time you finish watching the original seasons and episodes, I don’t think you’ll be able to resist saying sweetie darling, having a cigarette or even a bottle (not glass) of Stoli on the top of the nearest sky scraper waiting for your best friend to show up via helicopter to rescue you. I can’t wait for both shows to come out and to see what they come up with.