PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT – THE MUSICAL
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – The Musical had me in absolute stitches.
I had the opportunity to check it out this past Sunday and it was without a doubt one of the best shows I have seen this year at Crown, and that is saying something! Something needs to be said about our local talent here in WA. We are spoiled. The proof has been in the pudding this year with acclaimed productions such as The Boy From Oz, We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde, and now Priscilla.
Our top cast members Cougar Morrison played Tick, Nick Mayer was the one and only Felicia and Peter Rowsthorn played the incomparable Bernadette. These three had great chemistry together. Impeccable comedic timing, I was entertained every second that they all interacted.
This was apparently Cougar’s first foray onto the theatre stage, but I couldn’t have told you that based on his performance, it seemed like this was something he had been doing for a long, long time – being musical theatre. Nick Mayer did a wonderful job as well as Adam aka Felicia, and I think all the audience were in agreeance that we’re pretty jealous of your legs mate.
The female vocalists were absolutely tremendous. They had so much to remember and be apart of for this show, exiting stage and returning almost immediately, having specific spots to be in at specific times and they did not waver or miss a step, they were so elegant and yet so powerful.
Props to the character work of Luke Hewitt who portrayed the love interest for Bernadette, the rough but sweet ‘Bob’. He seemed just so fair dinkum 100% believable, and I certainly was impressed with his acting chops. At one stage, he dropped something onto the floor that he wasn’t supposed to – and he was such a pro that he made one small quick witted comment and got on with the scene. Excellent work mate. Another highlight of the show was when his ex wife popped the ping pong balls out of you know where though… the audience went insane!
The verbiage of the dialogue and the comedy behind it left me almost looking forward to the talking scenes over the actual musical numbers! Bernadette stole the show for me, everytime Peter Rowsthorn did anything I was laughing like there was something severely wrong with me. Bernadette is such a sassy old hag.
The props and set were certainly an impressive sight to see, Priscilla herself was gorgeous, and I was just so blown away with how well this company did with this aspect. There was another moment after Tick, Felicia and Bernadette visited a pub in Broken Hill – where they went back to their Bus and it was painted with a few choice words by the locals. “F Off F*ggots” is all I will write – and it really got me thinking – and I’m not going to go on some tangent here, but it really was a powerful moment in the show, especially with how the three characters reacted to it. Words can really hurt. These 3 did a tremendous job in soaking up the emotion in the hate that was thrown at them by the fictitious haters that painted those horrible words.
It’s hard to fault the show, I can’t really think of anything I didn’t enjoy! I highly recommend this to anybody and everybody, it’s a delight from start to end and at some point you will wipe tears away from your eyes.