Priscilla Queen of the Desert

A journey to the heart of FABULOUS! Priscilla Queen of the Desert the hit musical makes its SA debut with local cast.

DID YOU KNOW?

The infamous thong dress cost $17 (R221) to make…

Get ready for the musical journey of your life! The critically-acclaimed hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert based on the Oscar-winning hit film makes its South African premiere at Artscape, Cape Town on Sunday, 26 March 2017. Presented by Showtime Management in association with Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Nullarbor Productions; featuring an all South African cast, Priscilla will be on stage at Artscape until Sunday, 23 April, thereafter moving to Montecasino’s Teatro from Saturday, 29 April to 18 June 2017. Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical originally opened in Australia in 2006 and after a sell-out two year run, opened on London’s West End followed by Broadway in New York. The show continues to wow audiences across the globe with recent return tours to the UK, Australia and New Zealand. It has won awards all over the world, including prestigious Olivier and Tony awards.

Critics the world over rave! The Herald Sun (Australia) claims the show is “Vivid, daring and over-the-top” while The Daily Telegraph (UK) sums up the show as being “hugely entertaining … insanely glitzy”.

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert | Civic Theatre | Auckland | New Zealand | 2016 | Photo by David Rowland

IN THE FILM…

“Oh, for goodness’ sake, get down off that crucifix someone needs the wood”

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a heart-warming and uplifting tale of three drag artist friends who hop aboard a battered old bus, aka “Priscilla”, and go off on the adventure of a life-time through the Australian Outback, to perform in Alice Springs.  On the way they find friendship, love and far more than they ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of over 500 award-winning costumes, 200 extraordinary head-dresses and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites including ‘I Will Survive’, ‘Hot Stuff’, ‘Finally’, ‘Boogie Wonderland’, ‘Go West’, ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’, and ‘I Love The Nightlife’, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert | Civic Theatre | Auckland | New Zealand | 2016 | Photo by David Rowland

Showtime Management’s Hazel Feldman says: “Priscilla is the ultimate ‘feel-good’ show. This dazzling musical has all the ingredients for a superb night out: the most wonderful costumes, outrageous glamour, music that will have you dancing in your seat and a funny yet touching storyline. No wonder this show has been such a massive hit from the West End to Broadway and beyond.”

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert | Civic Theatre | Auckland | New Zealand | 2016 | Photo by David Rowland

TRIVIA

What are the two things Mitzi doesn’t like about Felicia?

Her face

The proudly South African, exceptionally talented 28-member cast, live band, crew and creative team will give audiences a night of unforgettable performances, nostalgic music and an entertainment experience with all the sparkle to share in Priscilla’s “fabulousness”. The principal roles will be played by stellar stage, screen and television performers including David Dennis who has achieved prominence in leading roles from classical to contemporary and musical theatre to film and television over the past three decades (Pirates of Penzance, Starlight Classics and movies 10000BC, Winnie and Zambezia); Daniel Buys (Jersey Boys, West Side Story, Saturday Night Fever); Phillip Schnetler (Saturday Night Fever, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) and veteran actor, James Borthwick (Sunset Boulevard, Evita and over 200 other productions). Additional roles are played by Taryn-Lee Hudson (Singin’ in the Rain, Jersey Boys), Chantal Herman (Little Shop of Horrors, Evita, Noah of Cape Town) and Candice van Litsenborgh (Annie, Sweeney Todd, Sunset Boulevard) with Candida Mosoma (Lion King, Sister Act, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat), The Voice SA finalist, Thembeka Mnguni (High School Musical, Grease) and Durban-born Londiwe Dhlomo (Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, Puss in Boots) as the three dazzling Diva’s.

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert | Civic Theatre | Auckland | New Zealand | 2016 | Photo by David Rowland

DID YOU KNOW?

The Aussie establishment that the bus departs from is called The Imperial Hotel

The ensemble features a host of multi-talented local performers including Tshepo Ncokoane (Shrek, Janice Honeyman’s Pantomime Sleeping Beauty); Zane Gillion (Sister Act, Saturday Night Fever, Dirty Dancing); Michael Fullard (Hot Mikado, Sleeping Beauty, Sneeuwitjie); Michael Wallace (Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cabaret, West Side Story); Craig Hawks (Black Sails television series, My Fair Lady); Ryan Flynn (Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Sound of Music, Jersey Boys), Samuel Hyde (Singin’ in the Rain SA, Asia and Australia/New Zealand Tour); Henk Opperman (Private Presley, Dirty Dancing the Musical SA and Asia). Fresh new talent includes Dirk Joubert, Jonathan Raath, Nadine Grobbelaar, Donae Brazer, Lourens Obermeyer and Darius Engelbrecht. Original Priscilla international Director, Simon Phillips together with Choreographer, Andrew Hallsworth will be coming to South Africa to mount the show together with Resident Director, Anton Luitingh; Musical Director, Bryan Schimmel and Resident Choreographer, Duane Alexander.

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert | Civic Theatre | Auckland | New Zealand | 2016 | Photo by David Rowland

TRIVIA

What does Bernadette call the woman in the Broken Hill pub?

A Mullet

With a dazzling array of over 500 award-winning costumes, 200 extraordinary headdresses, 45 Wigs, 120 pairs of shoes, over 220 costume changes per performance, 40 Wig changes in the show, fastest wig and make-up change is 15 seconds, 40 lipsticks in 5 different shades are used each month and 3,3 kg of make-up glitter is used each month. The Divas are flown more than 10m up into the wings before descending to the stage, there is 23 tonnes of scenery, a 10m customised bus weighing 6 tonnes, more than 5 million people have seen the show worldwide and there has been around 6000 performances worldwide.

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert | Civic Theatre | Auckland | New Zealand | 2016 | Photo by David Rowland

Board the bus! Bring your “fabulousness” on this highly entertaining journey. This musical contains some strong language and adult themes, therefore parental guidance is recommended for children under the age of 12. Tickets are now on sale at Computicket. Brought to South Africa in association with BBC First. #PriscillaSA

SHOW INFORMATION

C A P E   T O W N
VENUE: Artscape

DATES: Sunday, 26 March to Sunday, 23 April 2017

SHOW TIMES:
No Monday performances.
Weekdays: Tuesdays  – Fridays 20h00
Weekends: Saturdays 15h00, 20h00; Sundays 14h00, 18h00

NOTE SHOW SCHEDULE– EASTER WEEKEND 2017
Friday, 14 April: No performance
Saturday, 15 April: 15h00 and 20h00
Sunday, 16  April: 14h00 and 18h00
Monday, 17 April:  No performance

PRICES:
Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays/Sunday evenings: R150, R250, R350, R450
Fridays/Saturdays/Sunday matinees: R200, R300, R400, R500

BOOKINGS:
Visit Computicket, or call 0861 915 8000, or visit your nearest Computicket outlet, or call Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695

GROUP BOOKINGS:
20% Discount on groups of 20 and more – all midweek and Sunday evening performances only
Bookings through Jill Somers, 079 218 1658, sales@showtime.co.za

IMPORTANT INFO:
This musical contains some strong language and adult themes, therefore parental guidance is recommended for children under the age of 12

ON LINE:
Facebook
Twitter
Youtube
Website
#PriscillaSA

ARTSCAPE
Website: www.artscape.co.za
Facebook: /Artscape Theatre
Twitter: @ArtscapeTheatre

 

 

J O H A N N E S B U R G
VENUE: Teatro at Montecasino

DATES: Saturday, 29 April to Sunday, 18 June 2017

SHOW TIMES:
No Monday performances, except for Monday 01 May 6pm (Workers Day Public Holiday).
Weekdays: Tuesdays to Fridays 20h00
Weekends: Saturdays 15h00, 20h00; Sundays 14h00, 18h00

PRICES:
Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays 6pm:  R150, R250, R350, R450 inclusive
Fridays/Saturdays (matinee and evening) and Sunday matinees: R200, R300, R400, R500 inclusive

BOOKINGS:
Visit Computicket, or call 0861 915 8000, or visit your nearest Computicket outlet

GROUP BOOKINGS
20% Discount on groups of 20 and more – all midweek performances  and Sunday evenings only
Bookings through Jill Somers, 079 218 1658, sales@showtime.co.za

GROUP HOSPITALITY PACKAGES:
For Montecasino Group Hospitality Packages (20+ tickets) montecasino.reservations@tsogosun.com or 011 367 4250

SHOW & STAY PACKAGES
For Montecasino Show and Stay Packages at one of the Montecasino Hotels,  telephone 011 367 4250 or montecasino.reservations@tsogosun.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
This musical contains some strong language and adult themes, therefore parental guidance is recommended for children under the age of 12

ON LINE:
Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Website, #PriscillaSA

MONTECASINO
Website – www.montecasino.co.za
Facebook – montecasino
Twitter – @montecasinoza

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