By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”)
Las Vegas is famous for their spectacular production shows and “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” fits the image.
The award-winning “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” musical comedy is a work of art.
The costumes, the cast and the musical numbers have the “look” and “feeling” of a Broadway Show.
With 500 costumes, the dancers must change in a few seconds for some numbers.
The “Cupcake dress,” especially designed for the “MacArthur Park” number, looks delicious.
There are more than 20 songs highlighted by lavish production numbers.
These songs include hits by Tina Turner, The Village People, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Donna Summer and more.
Not all the action is on stage.
Following the classic special effects of traditional production shows, a trio of singers suddenly surprises the audience when they appear propelled up above the stage.
The cast use a full-size bus (called “Priscilla”) as a backdrop that doubles as an interior set when turned around.
“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” transports the audience on a wild ride through Australia’s outback.
This plot was more than just a love story.
Tick (Wade McCollum) is upset because he has not seen his son Benji (Shane Davis) in 12 years.
His gay lifestyle and male review show stood in the way of their reunion.
Tick’s wife asked him to produce his male review show at her casino in Alice Springs, Australia.
Should he go?
There is much more to the story but you have to see the show.
Thanks to the Venetian Resort for treating the media to a two-hour preshow party in the Bourbon Lounge.
Marvelless Mark, an Elvis impersonator, hosted their Bourbon lounge show for us.
The tasty appetizers included lobster salad, beef shish-kabobs, shrimp, chicken salad, roast beef sliders, Asian treats and more delights.
“Priscilla Queen of the Desert” appears at the Venetian Resort for a limited engagement until August 18.
Shows: 8 p.m. nightly. For information, call 414-9000.
The first professional male review shows began at “Finocchios’” in San Francisco (1936-1999).
La Cage aux Folles (1978) opened the door for this genre.
Kenny Kerr was the first female impersonator to bring his show to Las Vegas, at the Silver Slipper (1977).
Based on the book by the same name, they produced the Australian movie The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994).
The original stage production of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” premiered in Sidney, Australia, on Oct. 7, 2006.
The production show was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for the Best New Musical and won two Tony Awards for costume design.
After years of extensive international tours, they are on a tour of North American.