The ride of a life time: ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ rolls into Sac

By From page B2 | October 30, 2013

The first national tour of Tony Award winning “Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical” comes Community Center Theater in Sacramento, Nov. 5-10. Adapted from the 1994 Academy Award winning film “The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” “Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical” is the most successful Australian musical of all time, and its successful Broadway run was widely acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.

“Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical” will star Wade McCollum (“Tick/Mitzi”), Scott Willis (“Bernadette”) and Bryan West (“Adam/Felicia”) as the trio of friends, on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. Joe Hart stars as “Bob.”

With more than 500 dazzling 2011 Tony Award winning costumes, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical” features a hit parade of more than 20 dance-floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.”

The new musical opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on March 20, 2011, at the Palace Theatre. The show won a 2011 Tony Award for Best Costume Design for Academy Award winners Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner’s designs. The new hit musical received three Best Musical award nominations from the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award organizations. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner were also honored with 2011 Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Costume Design.

“Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical”, which had its world premiere in Sydney in 2006, is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. Direction: Simon Phillips, choreography: Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements: Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy, set design: Brian Thomson, costume design: Tim Chappel & Lizzy Gardiner, lighting design: Nick Schlieper, sound design: Jonathan Deans and Peter Fitzgerald, make up design: Cassie Hanlon.

For more information visit priscillaontour.com.

The cast
Wade McCollum (Tick/Mitzi). The  actor’s theater credits include “Jersey Boys” (Chicago/San Fran), Velociraptor of Faith in “Triassic Parq the Musical” (Off Broadway), Emcee in “Cabaret” (Dallas Theatre Center), Dracula in Steven Dietz’s “Dracula” (GEVA/IRT), Prior in “Angels in America” (Portland Playhouse), Woody in “Toy Story the Musical” (Disney/Pixar Workshop), The Narrator in “Fly By Night,” a new musical (TheatreWorks Palo Alto), Crumpet in “The Santaland Diaries,” Charlotte in “I Am My Own Wife” (Portland Center Stage), Hedwig in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” (Los Angeles Celebration Theatre, Garland Award and LA Critic’s Circle Award: Best Actor). TV credits include Nolan Grigsby in season 2 of Broadway’s favorite sitcom: “Submissions Only”

Scott Willis (Bernadette). Who would have guessed 26 years ago when Scott was backpacking through the Outback of Australia that he would now be making the very same trip to Ayers Rock in a bus named Pricilla? Scott has performed in numerous Broadway and National Touring productions including the 30th anniversary production of “Annie” as Rooster Hannigan, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair,” the Tony Award-winning “Crazy For You,” David Merrick’s “42nd Street” and the 50th anniversary production of “The Fantasticks” in New York. Annually, he stars as Santa Claus with the Radio City Rockettes in their Christmas Spectacular across America.

Bryan West (Adam/Felicia) is thrilled to join the Priscilla tour direct from its fabulous Broadway run. Other Broadway credits include “Hairspray,” “Wicked” and “Legally Blonde.” First national tours of “Hairspray” and “Wicked” and “Wicked’s” Los Angeles company. Recording artist BMG Records Europe. To all the youth out there doubting themselves… It Gets Better!! Proud member of Actors Equity.

Joe Hart (Bob). Original Broadway companies: “Bonnie & Clyde,” “Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public.” National tours: “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” with Alexis Smith, reprising his Aggie role in the film with Dolly Parton. Ovation Award: Best Supporting Actor, “Angels of Lemnos”; Ovation Nomination: Best Actor, “Woman In Black” (both Road Theater). Other award-winning shows: “Bouncers” (LA Drama Critics Circle), “Anything Goes” (Ovation), “Napoli Milionaria” (Ovation). Proud member of MTG and AEA.

Dates & Details
Ticket prices for “Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical” range from $21 to $88. Tickets are on sale now, and are available by calling (916) 557-1999 or at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Tickets are also available at Community Center Theater Box Office, 13th & L St., Sacramento, (916) 808-5181, or online at Tickets.com (convenience fees apply to online ticket purchases). Evening performances are Tuesday, Nov. 5, through Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m.; matinee performances are Thursday, Nov. 7, Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. Community Center Theater is located at 13th & L St. in Sacramento. For more information visit BroadwaySacramento.com.

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