Is 'Priscilla' the Queen of Broadway? My Review.
A charming little movie has been made into a hard-sell stage musical overloaded with kitsch -- and it's fun!
Priscilla -- the one about the two drag queens and a transsexual touring way down under -- has been given the glitzy, giddy treatment, with lots of production numbers coming out of absolutely nowhere.
The bus actually gets entrance applause! (Well, it's the title character.)
And there's a huge lipstick, descending divas, human cupcakes, and wigs made of pom poms.
An operatic lip-synch atop a giant high heel is followed by a painting-the-bus number with the cast prancing around as gigantic, glittery brushes!
There's drama too, but it's barely worth mentioning -- like some scary homophobia that flees the plot really quickly, and one queen's grappling with fatherhood, which is made way easier by the fact that the kid happens to be a cutesy moppet right out of fantasy land.
As a result, the show is as thin as a bulimic egret's feather, but when it clicks, it's as infectious as a rabid koala because the zingers keep coming along with the costumes, and by the end, they're all dressed like animals and dancing to a disco medley!
For no real reason!
In the cast, Tony Sheldon gives a warm and funny star turn as Bernadette, while Nick Adams (above) is zesty as the "Madonna-be" Felicia.
I also liked the plus-size mullet lady in the bar growling "I Love The Nightlife" and Nathan Lee Graham rocks as the Tina Turner-impersonating MC, Miss Understanding.
Is it Mary Stuart? No, it's not even Mary Poppins.
Do I recommend it? Sure.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in New York, delivered to your inbox.