Written on: 28/05/2009 by speakout (86 reviews written)
Priscilla Queen of the Desert musical is camptastic!! If you thought Mamma Mia was camp then you haven't seen anything yet. I had forgotten how small the Palace Theatre actually was and at first wondered how they were going to manage such a huge production on the small stage but those thoughts were soon banished when the action started. Priscilla is loud, confident and brash and contains many of the jokes and one liners from the original film. In a nutshell, the storyline is about three friends who come together and unite on a journey aboard a bus to the centre of Australia, where the central character Tick has arranged put on a drag show for a month long stint at the local casino.
The costumes and (sometimes simple) props are both hilarious and amazing. The three main characters live up to expectations with Jason Donovan even poking fun at his old Neighbours character. I thought that Jason Donovan held his own in the play and was good choice to play Tick alongside Tony Sheldon who was superb as Terrence Stamps Bernadette. Oliver Thornton was also good at what is arguably the hardest part to live up to compared to Guy Pearce's superb Adam. The music swings you along like an unstoppable train and you have to restrain yourself from actually getting up and dancing throughout. It should be pointed out that the main difference between the original film and the stage show is that the film contained a lot of Abba music which has been substituted for Kylie for the stage show.
I saw the Priscilla production last night and not even a small technical glitch which halted the production for about 10 minutes spoilt it for me and I'm already keen to book up again. I can see this becoming one of the long runners in London's West End just because it is good old fashioned entertainment and lets face it, we all need some light relief at times! For a stage show that lasts nearly three hours (interval included) it passes extremely quickly. One last thing, if you fancy really hamming it up then buy one of the themed cocktails at the interval which comes in a day-glow glass which changes colour - all yours for £10 and yes you get to keep the glass well it seemed like a good idea at the time!
Go see Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical now it really is great fun.