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What Is the Story of Priscilla Queen of the Desert?
Based on the popular 1994 film of the same name, Priscilla Queen of the Desert follows two drag queens and a transsexual who buy a run-down old bus (they call it Priscilla) and set out on a road trip across the Australian Outback when one of them, Tick, is invited by his ex-wife to perform his drag show at her far-away resort. However, Tick is hesitant to tell his friends, Bernadette (a former performing icon who’s best days are behind her) and Adam (a rambunctious young troublemaker), his own personal reasons for taking the trip. During their journey, the trio encounters an array of Australian citizens, some of who aren’t receptive totheir lifestyle, while strengthening their own friendship.
Joyous, crowd-pleasing entertainment with eye-popping visuals and unexpected heart! Funny and fabulous.Review by David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter
A rollicking crowd pleaser in sequins! Priscilla packs enough heart to leave audiences enthralled!Review by Steven Suskin from Variety
What Is Priscilla Queen of the Desert Like?
Featuring dance and disco tunes from the likes of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Donna Summer, Priscilla is filled with incredibly imaginative and over-the-top costumes, drag makeup and dance numbers that maintain an energetic pulse throughout the show. A life size bus even moves around onstage. The drag queens alternate between providing their own vocals and lip-synching to the music, which is then sung by the shows “Divas,” a talented trio of beautiful and wildly costumed women. Despite the show’s campiness (be prepared for lots of glitter and boas), Priscilla still provides a deep story about the importance of friendship and family.
Is Priscilla Queen of the Desert Good for Kids?
Priscilla features messages of tolerance and acceptance, and is a great show for teenagers. However, certain scenes may be inappropriate for younger children. The witty trio enjoys hurling friendly insults at each other, several of which contain sexual innuendo and strong language. One supporting character simulates a racy act involving ping pong balls and there is a scene involving an attempted hate crime.