Disco-driven 'Priscilla' makes pit stop in Austin

Disco-driven 'Priscilla' makes pit stop in Austin

Credit: Joan Marcus

Company of Priscilla in the number “Go West” Photos by ©Joan Marcus.

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by Emily Hummel, KVUE.com

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Posted on April 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 11:27 AM

AUSTIN - The first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical is coming to Austin. Priscilla takes over Bass Concert Hall from May 8 – 12.

The musical follows a flamboyant trio of friends on a road trip across the Australian outback. When their battered old bus "Priscilla" breaks down, the trio is joined by Bob, the mechanic who gets her up and running again. Joe Hart plays Bob, who takes his own journey of discovery.

"At the core of Priscilla is the universal story of three friends on this odyssey that takes them to a new understanding of themselves and each other. The fact that two are drag queens and one a transsexual is irrelevant, except for the fact that the costumes are outrageously whimsical and stunningly beautiful," explains Hart.

The show's 500 costumes won a Tony® Award for the show in 2011. The production also features a hit parade of over 20 dance-floor favorites, including “It's Raining Men,” “Finally” and “I Will Survive.”

The Broadway show was adapted from the 1994 film "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," and has been embraced by a wide audience. "Having grown up in an environment that was quite removed from an LGBT lifestyle, I’ve found Priscilla to be an eye opening experience that can only be described as positive and enjoyable. It’s so much more fun to take the ride then be stuck waiting at the gate," adds Hart. "The entire show continues to thrill and inspire me."

Visit austin.broadway.com for more information.

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