Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités

Résumé

Anthony "Tick" Belrose, a.k.a. Mitzi Del Bra, a drag queen, accepts an offer to perform at a casino in Alice Springs, a remote town in central Australia. After persuading his friends and fellow performers, Bernadette Bassenger – a recently bereaved transsexual woman – and Adam Whitely, a.k.a. Felicia Jollygoodfellow – an irritatingly flamboyant and obnoxious drag queen – to join him, the three set out for Alice Springs in a large tour bus which Adam/Felicia christens "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert". Guy Pearce plays Adam/Felicia, Terence Stamp plays Bernadette and Hugo Weaving plays Tick/Mitzi.

They encounter on the way the less accepting attitudes of rural Australia, sexual violence, and the problems of vehicle breakdowns. The troupe eventually arrives at their destination with costumes and dance routines prepared. Before they arrive, Tick reveals that he is married, and that the trip is a favour for his wife, who runs the casino where they will be performing. Upon arriving, they learn that Tick and his wife also have a young son.

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Historique du musical

Inspiration

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is based on the Oscar-winning film that blitzed the box office and caused a sensation around the world. It`s fun, daring, over-the-top and unforgettable. It's an 'on-stage' road movie with attitude and a busload of outrageous costumes and characters.

Génèse du musical

Original production (2006–08)Priscilla, Queen of the Desert premiered on 7 October 2006 at the Lyric Theatre, Star City Casino, Sydney, Australia and ended its run on 2 September 2007. Directed by Melbourne Theatre Company artistic director Simon Phillips, it starred Tony Sheldon as Bernadette, Jeremy Stanford as Tick (Mitzi) and Daniel Scott as Adam (Felicia) with Michael Caton as Bob.
The Sydney production transferred to the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, beginning previews on 28 September 2007 before opening on 6 October 2007. The show closed on 27 April 2008 to make way for the Australian premiere of Wicked. The Melbourne production transferred to Auckland in New Zealand for a limited run, opening on 28 May 2008 and closed on 6 July 2008.
The musical returned to the Star City Hotel and Casino in Sydney on 7 October 2008 for the second anniversary of the show's premiere and closed on 21 December 2008. The show starred original cast members Sheldon and Scott, alongside Todd McKenney as Tick and Bill Hunter as Bob.

London (2009–11)
A West End production started previews on 10 March 2009 at the Palace Theatre with the opening press night on 23 March. It is co-produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group and directed by Simon Phillips with musical arrangements by Stephen 'Spud' Murphy, choreography by Ross Coleman, costume designs by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, production designs by Brian Thomson, and lighting by Nick Schlieper. The original cast included Jason Donovan as Mitzi (aka "Tick"), Tony Sheldon as Bernadette, and Oliver Thornton as Adam (Felicia). Notable replacements include Ben Richards as Tick (Mitzi), Don Gallagher as Bernadette and Ray Meagher as Bob. The London production closed on 31 December 2011.

Toronto (2010–11)
The musical opened on 12 October 2010 at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto as a Pre-Broadway tryout. The musical featured all the of the Broadway cast with a new production team. It received largely positive reviews and strong ticket sales. The musical played for 12 weeks, a month longer than originally planned, closing on 2 January 2011. Several modifications were made to the production.

Broadway (2011–12)
The musical opened on Broadway on 20 March 2011 at the Palace Theatre with previews beginning 28 February 2011. Priscilla, however, made its North American debut at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto for a limited 12-week pre-Broadway tryout; the last performance was on 2 January 2011.
The original Broadway cast includes Will Swenson as Tick (Mitzi), Tony Sheldon, again, reprising his role of Bernadette, and Nick Adams as Adam (Felicia).[8] Choreography is by Ross Coleman, set design by Brian Thomson, lighting design by Nick Schlieper and costume designs by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner. Producers include Bette Midler, who joined the production team after seeing the London production; Liz Koops and Garry McQuinn for Back Row Productions; Michael Hamlyn for Specific Films; Allan Scott Productions; David Mirvish; Roy Furman; Terry Allen Kramer; James L. Nederlander; and Terri and Timothy Childs.
The Broadway cast album was recorded in late January 2011 on Rhino Records for release on 15 March 2011. The production released video footage from their North American premiere on Tuesday, 15 February. The Broadway production closed on 24 June 2012 after 23 previews and 526 performances.

 

Détails

Liste des chansons

Musical numbers (original Australian and New Zealand productions)
Act I
Overture – Orchestra
Downtown – The Divas and Company
I've Never Been to Me – Tick and the Divas
What's Love Got to Do with It? – Miss Understanding
Don't Leave Me This Way – Bernadette, Tick and Company (†)
Venus – Felicia and the Boys
Go West – Bernadette, Tick, Adam and Company
I Say a Little Prayer – Tick and the Divas
I Love the Nightlife – Shirley, Bernadette, Mitzi, Felicia and Company (†)
Both Sides, Now – Bernadette, Tick and Adam
Follie! Delirio vano è questo! Sempre libera (from La traviata) – Felicia and the Divas
Colour My World – Adam, Tick, Bernadette and Company
I Will Survive – Bernadette, Adam, Tick, Jimmy and Company

Act II

Thank God I'm a Country Boy – The Company
A Fine Romance – Young Bernadette and Les Girls
Shake Your Groove Thing – Mitzi, Bernadette, Felicia and the Divas
Pop Muzik – Cynthia and Company
A Fine Romance (reprise) – Bob
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – The Divas and Adam
Hot Stuff – Felicia, the Divas and Bernadette
MacArthur Park – Bernadette, Tick, Adam and Company
Boogie Wonderland – Marion and Company
The Morning After – Mitzi, Bernadette, Felicia and the Divas
Go West (reprise) – Adam (*)
Always on My Mind – Tick and Benjamin
Confide in Me – Felicia (^)
We Belong – Felicia, Mitzi and Bernadette
Finally / Shake Your Groove Thing / Hot Stuff / I Love the Nightlife / I Will Survive – The Company

Amendments for the London production(†)
"I Say a Little Prayer" is the fifth number, and is again reprised as the ninth number of the show in the London production. This, therefore, means that each number (from the fifth number onwards) in Act I is one number delayed. This gives a total of fourteen numbers in Act I of the London production.
(*) "Go West (reprise)" is replaced by "Come into My World" in the London production.
(^) Although replaced by "Kylie Medley" in the London production, "Confide in Me" appears in that medley.

Musical numbers (Broadway)
Act I
Overture - Orchestra
It's Raining Men - The Divas, Tick and Company
What's Love Got to Do with It? - Miss Understanding
I Say a Little Prayer* - Tick
Don't Leave Me This Way - Bernadette, Tick and Company
Material Girl - Felicia and the Boys
Go West - Bernadette, Tick, Adam and Company
Holiday / Like a Virgin* - Adam, Tick and Bernadette
I Say a Little Prayer (reprise) - Tick and The Divas
I Love the Nightlife - Shirley, Bernadette, Mitzi, Felici and Company
True Colors - Bernadette, Mitzi and Felicia
Follie! Delirio vano è questo! Sempre libera (from La traviata) - Felicia and the Divas
Colour My World - Adam, Tick, Bernadette and Company
I Will Survive - Bernadette, Felicia, Mitzi, Jimmy and Company

Act II
Thank God I'm a Country Boy* - The Company
A Fine Romance - Young Bernadette and Les Girls
Thank God I'm a Country Boy (reprise)* - The Company
Shake Your Groove Thing - Mitzi, Bernadette, Felicia and the Divas
Pop Muzik - Cynthia and Company
A Fine Romance (reprise) - Bob
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Adam and the Divas
Hot Stuff - Felicia, The Divas, and Bernadette
MacArthur Park - Bernadette, Tick, The Divas and Company
Boogie Wonderland* - The Company
The Floor Show* - Mitzi, Bernadette, Felicia and Company
Always On My Mind - Tick, Benji
Like a Prayer - Felicia and Company
We Belong - Felicia, Mitzi, Bernadette and Company
Finally (Finale) - The Company
* - Song does not appear on Original Broadway Cast Recording.

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Version 1

Priscilla Queen of the Desert (2006-10-Australian Tour) (Original)
Durée : 2 ans 2 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 07 septembre 2006
Première : samedi 07 octobre 2006
Dernière : dimanche 21 décembre 2008
Mise en scène : Simon Phillips
Chorégraphie : Ross Coleman
Avec : Tony Sheldon (Bernadette), Jeremy Stanford (Tick (Mitzi)), Daniel Scott (Adam (Felicia)), Michael Caton (Bob), Genevieve Lemon (Shirley), Marney McQueen (Marion), Lena Cruz (Cynthia), Kirk Page (Jimmy), Damien Ross (Young Bernadette), Ben Lewis (Frank)
Commentaires :
Lyric Theatre [Sydney, Australia] (7/9/2006 - 2/9/2007)
Regent Theatre [Melbourne, Australia] (28/9/2007 - 27/4/2008)
The Civic [Auckland, New Zealand] (28/5/2008 - 6/7/2008)
Lyric Theatre [Star City Casino] [Sydney, Australia] (7/10/2008 - 21/12/2008)
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Version 2

Priscilla Queen of the Desert (2009-03-Palace Theatre-London) (Original)
Durée : 2 ans 9 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 10 mars 2009
Première : lundi 23 mars 2009
Dernière : samedi 31 décembre 2011
Mise en scène : Simon Phillips
Chorégraphie : Ross Coleman
Avec : Jason Donovan (Tick/Mitzi), Oliver Thornton (Adam/Felicia), Tony Sheldon (Bernadette), Clive Carter (Bob), Kanako Nakano (Cynthia), Zoe Birkett, Kate Gillespie, Emma Lindars, Wezley Sebastian, Amy Field, Steven Cleverley, Daniele Coombe, Tristan Temple, John Brannoch, Philip Arran, Matthew Cole
Commentaires :
The London production was a huge success, mostly welcomed as a joyful antidote to society’s lingering homophobia, and praised for its warm-heartedness, sheer exuberance, extravagance and completely over-the-top costumes and spectacle. The show ran the best part of three years, finally closing on New Year’s Eve, 2011. Cast changes during the run saw Ben Richards as Tick, Don Gallagher as Bernadette and Ray Meagher as Bob. The musical opened on Broadway in March 2011 with Will Swenson as Tick, Nick Adams as Adam, and Tony Sheldon repeating his role as Bernadette.
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Version 3

Priscilla Queen of the Desert (2011-02-Palace Theatre-Broadway) (Original Broadway)
Durée : 1 an 3 mois 1 semaine
Nombre : 23 previews - 526 représentations
Première Preview : lundi 28 février 2011
Première : dimanche 20 mars 2011
Dernière : dimanche 24 juin 2012
Mise en scène : Simon Phillips
Chorégraphie : Ross Coleman
Avec : Will Swenson (Tick (Mitzi)), Jessica Phillips (Marion), Luke Mannikus & Ashton Woerz (Benji (Alternate)), Tony Sheldon (Bernadette), Nick Adams (Adam (Felicia)), Keala Settle (Shirley), James Brown III (Jimmy), C. David Johnson (Bob), Jacqueline B. Arnold (Diva)
Commentaires :
In May 2011, the producers of the show entered into arbitration with Local 802, the union which represents Broadway musicians, after union leaders expressed concern over the relatively small number of musicians in the musical's orchestra. The show uses only nine musicians in the pit. Per an agreement between Local 802 and the Broadway League, a musical is required to have at least 18 musicians in the pit, unless they have been granted a special exception for "creative purposes". According to Local 802, Priscilla does not qualify for that exception.
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Version 4

Priscilla Queen of the Desert (2017-02-Casino de Paris-Paris) (Revival)
Durée : 2 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : samedi 25 février 2017
Première : samedi 25 février 2017
Dernière : samedi 06 mai 2017
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec :
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