PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Cast Album Gets 4/5 Release
by BWW News Desk
The Original Broadway Cast Recording of the global hit stage production of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL, produced by Priscilla’s orchestrator, arranger and musical supervisor Stephen “Spud” Murphy and Frank Filipetti, will be available in retail outlets nationwide on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
The album retails for a suggested list price of $18.98 (CD) and $11.99 (digital) and is also available on www.rhino.com.
Following its critically acclaimed North American debut engagement in Toronto, the spectacular new stage musical began previews February 28 and opened on Broadway at The Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway) to smash reviews on Sunday, March 20.
On Broadway, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL stars Tony AwardÂ® nominee Will Swenson, Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams leading a company of 27. Like the stage production, the Original Broadway Cast Recording is a sensational journey to the heart of fabulous!
Featuring a classic collection of over 20 dance-floor hits spanning the past three decades, from anthems including “It’s Raining Men” and “I Will Survive” to beloved songs made famous by Elvis Presley, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Pat Benatar, the Priscilla score is a veritable history of dance music that tells the story of a trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting adventure 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.
Adapted from the Academy AwardÂ® winning film “The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. Direction is by Simon Phillips, choreography by Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements by Stephen â€˜Spud’ Murphy and set design by Brian Thomson. Production supervised by Jerry Mitchell. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner have re-created their Academy AwardÂ® winning costume designs originally designed for the film. Lighting is designed by Nick Schlieper, sound design is by Jonathan Deans and Peter Fitzgerald and make up design is by Cassie Hanlon. Crystals for costumes and set design provided by Swarovski.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL had its world premiere in Sydney in 2006 and has subsequently wowed audiences and critics alike in Melbourne and New Zealand, becoming the most successful Australian musical of all time. The London production is now in its third smash hit year in the West End at the Palace Theatre.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is produced by Bette Midler; James L. Nederlander; Garry McQuinn, Liz Koops; Michael Hamlyn; Allan Scott; Roy Furman/ Richard Willis; Terry Allen Kramer; Terri and Timothy Childs, Ken Greiner, Ruth Hendel; Chugg Entertainment; Michael Buckley; Stewart Lane/ Bonnie Comley; Bruce Davey; Thierry Suc/TS3; Bartner/ Jenkins; Broadway Across America/H. Koenigsberg; M. Lerner/ D. Bisno/ K. Seidel/ R. Gold; Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment / Spirtas-Mauro Productions / MAS Music Arts & Show; and David Mirvish.
TICKET INFORMATION: Ticket prices range from $50.00 – $125.00 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929, online at www.ticketmaster.com and in person at The Palace Theatre at 1564 Broadway (between 46th & 47th Streets).