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Priscilla is the name of a run-down lilac-coloured tour bus picked up for a song by the characters in this inspiringly funny story. The costumes are outrageous. The sound track, crafted from a multitude of disco hits that audiences are bound to recognise, is unforgettable. The wigs are outrageous, the plot is laugh-out-loud amusing at times and touching at others. And the whole thing? It's a glittering jukebox musical extravaganza with a big, warm heart set against the raw Australian Outback. Welcome to the latest stage version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical, on tour across the UK and due to land in the West End before long.
Did you see the 1994 movie? If so you'll know what to expect. The plot is adapted from director and writer Stephan Elliott's hit film, telling the story of three larger-than-life characters as they travel across the desert to remote Alice Springs where they'll perform in a drag show. Two drag queens and a transgender woman make their way from Sydney to Alice in their run-down lilac tour bus, coming across a collection of eccentric Aussie citizens along the way. Some of the people they meet disapprove of the friends' lifestyle but the experience ultimately broadens their horizons and seals their relationship.