Bette Midler’s production of the Tony AwardÂ® winning hit musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT will perform a medley of dance-floor hits featuring the PRISCILLA “Diva” trio at today’s annual New York Stock Exchange Christmas Tree Lighting at 4:00pm.
NYSE Euronext expands its borders beyond New York Stock exchange employees and members of the trading floor community to include tourists and New Yorkers for the 88th annual Christmas Tree lighting. The NYSE holiday tradition extends throughout Broad Street between Wall Street and Exchange Place today with Swiss Miss hot cocoa topped with Reddi-wip, courtesy of ConAgra Foods, offered to passersby while carolers spread cheer throughout the day. At 5:00 p.m.Â Santa ClausÂ will make an appearance, followed by the illumination of the NYSE Christmas Tree at 5:15 p.m.
Bette MidlerÂ proudly presents the most outrageously fun musical on Broadway, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT! This spectacular show tells the story of three best friends on the wildest road trip ever. With over 500 dazzling costumes and a hit parade of songs including “It’s Raining Men” and “I Will Survive,” PRISCILLA promises the two happiest hours on Broadway!
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL opened to critical acclaim on March 20 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway). NY-1 News raved “Beneath all that glitz beats a great big sequined heart!” WOR Radio sang “All the songs you’ve loved for years will blow you out of your seat!” and the New York Post crowned Priscilla “Queen of Broadway! A feel-good show with a big, joyous heart. Priscilla ramps up the thrills!”
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL was awarded a 2011 Tony AwardÂ® for Best Costume Design for Academy AwardÂ® winnersÂ Tim ChappelÂ andÂ 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 nomineeÂ Tony SheldonÂ 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.Â Tim ChappelÂ andÂ Lizzy GardinerÂ were also honored with 2011 Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Costume Design.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL stars Tony AwardÂ® nomineeÂ Will Swenson, Tony AwardÂ® nomineeÂ Tony SheldonÂ andÂ Nick AdamsÂ 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.
Adapted from the Academy AwardÂ® winning film The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is written byÂ Stephan ElliottÂ andÂ Allan Scott. Direction is byÂ Simon Phillips, choreography byÂ Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements by Stephen ”˜Spud’ Murphy and set design byÂ Brian ThomsonÂ and costumes byÂ Tim ChappelÂ andÂ Lizzy Gardiner. Production supervised byÂ Jerry Mitchell. Lighting is designed byÂ Nick Schlieper, sound design is byÂ Jonathan DeansÂ andÂ Peter FitzgeraldÂ and make up design is byÂ Cassie Hanlon.
For more information, visit:Â www.priscillaonbroadway.com.
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