We have reviews from the Capital Critics Circle
Orpheus’ Priscilla, Queen of the Desert shines in its group numbers (of which there are plenty!). A musically strong ensemble, skillfully led by Murray Doggett, manages to keep up its vocal strength and stamina even during lift-heavy dance sequences.
And from Broadway World
Co-directors Toohey and Eyamie, who also star in the production, do not shy away from showing the discrimination and hatred that Tick, Adam, and Bernadette encounter on the road. Some scenes are almost difficult to watch, especially with the knowledge that these type of hate crimes are still perpetuated today. Ultimately, love and the power of friendship conquer all, and the overall message is a positive one.
And finally, this review from Lois Siegel of Siegel Productions
I saw the film “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” when it first appeared in 1994. It was terrific – starring Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terrance Stamp. Last night, opening night, I was charmed by the musicial at Centrepointe Theatre. The production is excellent, not to be missed. It’s a delightful road trip/drag show. Pure entertainment. There are three main characters: Tick, Bernadette and Adam who travel by bus to Alice Springs, Australia. Alice Springs is a remote town in Australia’s Northern Territory, halfway between Darwin and Adelaide. “Priscilla” is the bus. The set design, with a blue starlit backdrop is excellent. During the opening you will see big birds on the stage as a backdrop encasing the stage. The sets move with precision, and there’s even a moving staircase of a giant shoe. The costumes are inventive, and the dance numbers are outstanding - great choreography - watch how Tick moves. There are even puppets and dancers who look like cupcakes. The dancers are all different sizes – much more interesting this way. A superb pit band resides under the stage that is tuned to just the right level so that you can hear everything perfectly on stage, and the tunes will make you clap or move your feet. You’ll want to get up and dance: “What’s Love Got To Do With It. There are acrobats, and a large dance/singer ensemble of at least 16 with ever-changing costumes and colorful, pointed hair domes. The trio of quality singers up in the rafters will make you smile. So what do three drag queens do when they have a broken-down bus stranded in the desert. See the production to find out.
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