Friday, 12 December 2008

Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical

Finally saw this stage musical last night just prior to the end of its second Sydney season. Derived from the movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert the musical relates the journey by three Drag Queens from Sydney into the outback, a journey of rediscovery.

Bouncing with a seemingly endless array of gay icon music and hilariously embellished by the most extraordinary costume design this is three hours of fun for the broadminded. Whilst there were many gay men in attendance, the majority of the large audience was clearly straight and it was heartening to experience their enjoyment and acceptance of the subject matter. The standing ovation at the end of last night's performance apparently occurs at every performance.

(Fellow Blogger) Steven, you said you would "die" if you had seen a certain commercial depicting a same sex parental couple on American television. You better steer clear of this show should it come to Chicago or else make sure you are accompanied by a (cute) medical professional for support!

Mind you, there are other dangers at this show. Sitting five rows from the stage I was hit on the head by a ping pong ball expelled by a female character in one of the show's many raunchy moments. Those who have seen the film might remember this particularly exotic aspect of the storyline. Just my luck to be attacked by vagina droppings!


  1. You lucky sod, you copped one of the ping pong balls?

    I don't even know where to begin! Ha ha.

  2. Kezza - I was surprised how hard the ping pong felt when it connected with my head.

  3. Evol - No, lol. Although the impression is intended that the woman has projected the balls from her vagina she actually has some type of ejection contraption strapped to her nether regions from which the balls are fired out on to the audience. These are supplemented by some that drop somewhere from the ceiling of the auditorium to add to the illusion. One of the latter just dropped straight on to my head giving me quite a shock.

  4. I'm taking my sister and nephew next Friday. I'm a bit worried about the ping pong ball scene! Any advice here? How many kids were there?

  5. Marcellous - I didn't see any kids sitting near us but I noticed there were quite a few in the foyer at intermission and after the show.

    The woman in the play is not naked and I doubt that children who haven't seen the film would even realise what it is that she is purported to be doing.

    The other thing is that this particular actress shrieks her lines in her limited scenes so what she was saying was almost totally incomprehensible to me.

    I don't think the ping pong scene should be any worry for you.

  6. That's a relief. That's pretty much in line with what a parent said to me (not that he'd been) which is that kids take from these things what they understand already. After all, I saw Don Giovanni when quite young, and that's pretty damn immoral really.