Cast of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT to Take Part in Pride Parade, BBQ, and More!
by BWW News Desk
Broadway’s Tony AwardÂ® winning hit musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is showing her true colors to celebrate this year’s Gay Pride festivities with a series of appearances throughout the city leading up to its “journey to the heart of fabulous” on a Priscilla bus float at this Sunday’s parade.
Mayor Bloomberg’s Gracie Mansion Pride Barbecue – Wednesday, June 22
Mayor Michael Bloomberg will salute Gay Pride month with a barbecue at Gracie Mansion featuring an exclusive performance by Priscilla’s stars of the Pat Benatar anthem “We Belong” and an appearance by guest speaker “It Gets Better” founder Dan Savage, with whom Priscilla collaborated on the first ever PSA in support of LGBT youth. Watch the Priscilla “It Gets Better” television PSA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0xXABJECTI
Macy’s Gay Pride Event and Fashion show – Thursday, June 23
Macy’s Salutes Gay Pride Week with special guest host Johnny Weir hosting the fashion event of the summer season featuring the stars of Priscilla Queen of the Desert launching the event with a performance of the “Diva Medley,” “Like a Prayer” and “We Belong” at 6:00pm. Following the show, Lawrence Washington from “Real Housewives of Atlanta” will perform and meet fans.
Heritage of Pride Parade March – Sunday, June 26
Priscilla Queen of the Desert stars will show their pride atop their signature fabulous double-decker bus The bus departs at 12pm on the parade route starts at 36th Street & 5th Avenue and ends at Christopher & Greenwich Streets. There will also be a dedicated Priscilla Pride booth present Pride Fest street festival from 11am – 6pm.For more information: http://nycpride.org/march.php.
The stars of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL have also been busy showing their true colors at the following Pride events throughout Manhattan.
City Council Speaker Quinn’s Annual Pride Event – Thursday, June 16
New York politicos gathered at Cooper Union to kick off the city’s annual Gay Pride celebration. This annual event organized by Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, was kicked off with a performance by Priscilla’s “Divas” and star Nick Adams singing the anthem “We Belong.”
Following hit productions in Australia, London and Toronto, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL opened to critical acclaim on March 20 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway).
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL stars Tony AwardÂ® nominee Will Swenson, Olivier Award and Tony AwardÂ® nominee Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams as the trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting 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.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT was awarded a 2011 Tony AwardÂ® for Best Costume Design for Academy AwardÂ® winner’s Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner’s designs.The new hit musical was also honored with three Best Musical award nominations from the Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Award organizations. Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon received a Tony AwardÂ® nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in addition to Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League nominations, and was awarded the Theatre World Award for outstanding Broadway debut. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner were also honored with 2011 Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Costume Design this season.
Featuring a score of over 20 dance-floor classics, a company of 27, and with a dazzling array of more than 500 outrageous costumes, the spectacular new stage musical is a sensational journey to the heart of fabulous!
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 ”˜Spud’ Murphy and set design by Brian Thomson and costumes by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner. Production supervised by Jerry Mitchell. Lighting is designed by Nick Schlieper, sound design is by Jonathan Deans and Peter Fitzgerald and make up design is by Cassie Hanlon.
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.
For Tickets, Schedule and more information, visit: www.priscillaonbroadway.com