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Priscilla, Queen of The Desert In Austin

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:06 PM CDT
Broadway has become a playground for taking old pop hits and stringing them together to make some sort of story. With successful performances such as "Mamma Mia" and "Rock of Ages," why wouldn't you just make more? Now comes "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." Well, this story was already told 20 years ago when it was first introduced as an Australian film with well-known pop songs as its score including the overall theme of the film, "I Will Survive." Then it debuted as a production in Australia in October 2006 adding many more 80s songs. Then Bette Midler saw it, loved it, produced it, and brought it to New York City in 2011.

This funny musical brings together a trio of friends, Tick, Felicia, and Bernadette traveling across Australia in a bright pink bus to perform a nightclub drag show. On the journey, they are going to stop to see Tick's eight-year-old son, who wants to meet his homosexual father. In the midst, they endure challenges and bigotry, but stand together to become stronger individuals. 

KEYE TV talked with one of the actors, Joe Hart, who plays Bob. Hart has done film as well including playing an Aggie in the Dolly Parton film, "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," which he reprised on national tours. "I consider myself a multimedia actor. I love it all! But I consider the stage to be the Actors medium. The close relationship between the audience and the performer at times can be seamless. There is nothing separating you as in other mediums. You can’t edit it or animate it."

Winner of two Tony Awards in Costume Design, there are over 500 costumes in this play, but Hart says his character doesn't change as much since he is the guy that Tick, Felicia, and Bernadette meet along their travels that helps them when their bus is stalled. He says these are some of the most outrageous costumes. He adds, "The majority of the cast is constantly changing, some up to 20 times in one show."

In a time when people are fighting for equal rights for marriage, Hart believes that "Priscilla brings the message that we all belong and should be treated with the same respect and opportunities afforded to others. I don't think anyone who actually attends this piece can walk away without that realization." But it's not as political as you might think, because it’s really uplifting and just some outrageous fun.
 
Bass Concert Hall
May 8 - 12
Weekdays at 8pm except Mondays, Saturday 2 & 8pm, Sunday at 1pm

Recommended for ages 13 and up due to mature language and situations.

For tickets, call 471-4454 or click here:
http://www.texasperformingarts.org/season/priscilla-queen-of-the-desert-broadway-austinPriscilla, Queen of The Desert In Austin


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