Since Friday is coming up in a couple of minutes and we are closing out on gay week and drag week I was thinking of what gets gayer than the three bears performing Say a Little Prayer from Glee. The only thing that is going to top that which we used to top A Little More Mascara and I am What I am from La Cage Au Follies is Priscilla Queen of the Desert and instead of just showing you a fabulous video and clip from this fabulous new hit Musical in London I would also review the show and the basic main story line.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert was one of the original Drag Queen and Gay Movies to ever hit the main stream media. Much like Hairspray it dealt with taboo issues and also went from a cult movie to a musical production. Now we’ll have to see if they end up doing another version of the movie and changing it again to be more appropriate for even more audiences in a new movie form with new music like the Musical version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the story of three drag queens who are doing what every Drag Queen wants to do. Put on a show and perform for a fabulous audience and crowd, not to mention star in Austrailia’s version of a Las Vegas (The goal stage of every Drag Queen in the USA) casino which turns out to be owned and operated by one of the Queen’s exs who also turns out to be an actual female. They sort of traded each other in for a new pair of shoes and an argument over whose gown looked better. I vote for the chandelier gown worn by the more feminine of the two, the Guy.
The story progresses as the three queens work their way through the desert and get stranded. While they are stuck in the middle of the Austrailian outback they begin to talk about their past and different things they have overcome. After you get through all of the boring emotional stuff they begin to give you what you actually came to see in the show. a bunch of Drag Divas in ridiculous costumes lipsinking the lyrics to other people’s songs.
The not only perform for a group of Australian Aborigines but they also end up in a small town and the one almost gets gay
bashed, they get to perform in another small town but get shown up by an ex Asian prostitute (who then loses her husband to one of the queens) in one of the movies most memorable moments, the ping pong ball trick which you see referenced to this day in spoofs.
Eventually the queens make it to Alice Springs to put on their final show and during the trip you will not only want to get up and sing to some of the most fun disco music but the bright costumes, the lively acting, the high energy of everything and the LED tour bus will not only leave a positive memory and leave you singing for days but you will walk out in an amazing mood.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert isn’t one of those shows that is deep or makes you want to cry but it is like Jersey Boys where it is a fun loving funny and feel good musical. It is currently playing at the Queen’s Theatre (Ironic isn’t it) in London England’s West End and tickets are definitely worth the price if you want something fun and different to do than the normal hum drum or classic theatre show. It may not be the best show for kids but is definitely one that you will be able to take almost anyone to for a fun and feel good time out. I actually loved Priscilla Queen of the Desert even though this normally isn’t my type of show and because I left singing the songs and loving the show I have to give it a 4 out of 5 stars rating.
If you have seen Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical please feel free to share your pictures and leave a message below in the comments section.
Here is a clip from the shows trailer that I found to share with you all. You’ll see the insane costumes, the amazing set and see how fabulous the show actually is.