If you do just one thing for yourself this year, or in this lifetime, make it a trip to see one of the most heartwarming, uplifting, joyous and outright fabulous musical plays ever, that being Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical. And oh my god, what a musical!
From the opening act when the three gorgeous divas are suspended in mid air singing a powerful and goosebumpy rendition of “Downtown” right to the “Finally” finale and encore of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” every moment is an explosion of delight as the stellar cast take you the best ride of your life.
I’ve seen many musicals in my time all over the world and can without a doubt say that the performance from every single cast member ranks on a Broadway level in both acting and musical talent. David Dennis as Bernadette, Daniel Buys as Tick, and Phillip Schnetler as Felicia Jollygoodfellow are all nothing short of amazing and brilliant with each bringing just the right amount of poignancy, humor and pure bliss to their roles. The ensemble cast are brilliant as well, with each managing to blend in and stand out when required, while still managing to infuse smile inducing personality into their characters.
The bus (a character on its own) and the costumes deserve a standing ovation and a citation for making people too happy. I have never been so happy to see a costume in my life. I swear those ridiculously giant wigs and platform shoes, in fact every single costume, should be bottled and sold as the cure to sadness. It’s that amazing, charming, whimsical and downright exceptional.