Theatre Talk: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Alright, I’m just going to be frank here—Outfront Theatre’s production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert knocked me off my six-inch pumps. And, yes I am wearing them as I type this.

Aside from the glitz and glamour of the story that we all know well, this production of Priscilla left me with a strong case of independence and self-worth. It was a fun and exhilarating combination of friendship and the will to overcome life’s obstacles.

I want to talk about two things: costumes and music.

This show has so many quick changes, it’ll make your head spin. But that head-spinning is beyond worth it because each costume that these performers wear are spectacular in their own right. From showstopping Vegas shoulder strap-ons to elegant ball gowns, every inch of each costume was fabulously maintained. While backstage, I saw the amount of work that went into creating and showcasing each of these costumes, and I must say, I was more than impressed—especially when I tried on the fishnets. Bravo to Outfront’s amazing costume design team.

In the film, you’ll find songs mainly by ABBA. While I love ABBA, I was pleasantly surprised with the song choices in this production. They gave me life! From Gloria Gaynor to Elton John, ugh, I was in heaven! I managed to look around while some of the songs were performed and couldn’t help but notice the occasional “I’m-trying-to-look-cool-but-I-love-this-song” head bob and the outright “give-me-MORE” head bobs. Either way, the audience felt the music. It spoke to us! When you have a production that can intertwine classic songs into an amazing story, and make us feel the music?! You’ve sold me. Done.

I am excited to say that I approve of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Outfront Theatre Company. This is the theatre’s inaugural production—way to start off on a good foot, friends. Please take an evening to go see the show. It’s worth it. Plus it’ll help you get in touch with your fab side.

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—Wendell Scott

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