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7 thoughts on “Priscilla Queen of the Desert: Save 40% On Shows Aug 21 Thru Sept 18

  1. I haven’t seen the musical, but I have a few questions and comments about the controversy over Priscilla’s lack of “live” music on Broadway. Was the music “live” when Priscilla played in foreign countries before being brought to Broadway, or was it brought over essentially “intact”? In other words, is the claim that Priscilla is dumping live music to save money a valid argument? Isn’t the “canned music” aspect of the show part of the musical’s plot device (bringing back actual, recognizable songs from the disco era)? It seems to me, that a full, live orchestration might actually get in the way of that message.

    It woud be interesting to receive feedback from someone who saw Priscilla on Broadway, and answer the question: Would Priscilla be a much better musical, with or without live music?? Also, if it is better with live music, why hasn’t the show changed to reflect that? Seems like an easy fix to me.

    1. This is the producer’s argument in your comment: the “canned music” aspect of the show part of the musical’s plot device (bringing back actual, recognizable songs from the disco era)? It seems to me, that a full, live orchestration might actually get in the way of that message.

  2. For RJGinNV:

    Seen Priscilla on Broadway (May 2011). Honestly, I didn’t even notice which [parts had the live music and which parts don’t]. I tremendously enjoyed the musical – and to me it was worth every cent of what I paid for. I came to see it for the fun, the laughs, the music, the actors – I got everything and I wasn’t disappointed :):):) I will definitely see it again when I go back to NYC:)

  3. Thank you for the feedback. I hope I get the chance to see it also. I’ve seen a handful of Broadway productions, and the music is all but one ingredient–the actors (who are live), the costumes, the scenery and background sets, the acoustics, the audience reaction, etc., are what create an overall “experience”. To nit-pick Priscilla over their decision on how to play (or portray) the music, seems almost like a mean-spirited vendetta of sorts. I wish the critics would just get over it, and let people enjoy the show for what it was meant to be.

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