Our very own Karen and Lolly headed over to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Rhyl Pavilion last night and suffice to say they loved it. Karen has kindly let us post up her review that she has done for Blazing Minds, so please have a read and check out the show at the Theatre until Saturday.
Last night we took a trip to the Australian outback on a journey with Priscilla Queen of the Desert, in the musical adaption of the brilliant movie that starred Hugo Weaving, Terrance Stamp and Guy Pearce.
The stage was set at the Rhyl Pavilion and upon entering the theatre we were greeted with an image of Australia and some brilliant music from the Disco era, of course, those of us that have been delighted and thrilled by the original movie knew what we were getting, well sort of.
For those of you who haven’t seen the film or know the story of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the stage musical follows the film very closely as three drag queen friends hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. Along the way, they find out more about each other and themselves as well as some hidden secrets, but their epic journey is one that is full of tears and laughter on their madcap journey to a Casino for that big show.
With a show such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert, your main thoughts got to the bus and indeed the locations that they visit in the movie, but with such amazing set design, the magical tour looks amazing, the sets are superbly designed and lit, Priscilla (the bus) is done in such a brilliant way that you get views of the inside, outside and the front as the three stars travel across Australia.
The musical numbers are all wonderfully performed and Joe McFadden (Tick/Mitzi), Miles Western (Bernadette) and Nick Hayes (Felicia/Adam) perform wonderfully throughout the show, they also work very well together with the fantastic writing, the one-liners and double entendre’s from Bernadette are priceless and certainly had the audience laughing loudly.
Speaking of the cast, I have to say that Joe McFadden certainly brought his own style in for the character of Tick/Mitzi, originally played by Hugo Weaving in the 1994 movie, Joe brought something fresh to the role, but he certainly knows how to camp up the character and still bring in the feeling his character has not only passion for his choice in life, but also or the secret that he hides from Bernadette and Adam.
Nick Hayes was equally brilliant in the role of Felicia/Adam, played in the movie by Guy Pearce, now here’s a character that in the movie was certainly the wild one and in the musical, it’s the same, with daring and very many rude remarks, the character is brought to the stage with passion, to be honest I didn’t think anyone else could beat Pearce for this one, but I was mistaken.
Now the actor that got me interested back in the movie of Priscilla Queen of the Desert was Terrance Stamp, who played Bernadette, the ageing “Lay Girls” performer that keeps Tick and Adam under control, sort of, in the musical, the role is portrayed by Miles Western. He’s fantastic as Bernadette and there is certainly an on-stage presence when Miles is up on the boards, just superb.
This brand new production comes from the team behind the critically acclaimed UK tours of Hairspray; with direction by Paul Kerryson, choreography by Tom Jackson-Greaves with designs by Phil R Daniels and Charles Cusick Smith, lighting design by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Ben Harrison and I have to say that everyone involved in the production has done an outstanding job on the show.
I’ve not laughed out loud at the theatre for a while and being a fan of the movie, I am over the moon that this new production has shown passion for the movie and the book, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Music is a must-see and I can’t recommend it enough, you really can’t miss this brilliant adventure with these wonderful Queens.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical is on at the Rhyl Pavilion until 28th October 2019, don’t miss it and if you see the show and want something a little extra, there is an after-show party at the 1981 restaurant on Saturday night and it’s free entry with Happy Hour 10 pm – 11 pm.
A 5 Star review from Karen. (Source)