Now playing at the Woodlawn Theatre is ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ and this is the last weekend to catch this highly entertaining musical as it runs through Sunday November 3. ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ tells the story of two drag queens and a transgender woman who agree to perform at a resort in Alice Springs, a town in the remote Australian desert. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30p.m. and Sunday at 3p.m. Tickets are available online or by calling the Box Office at 210-267-8388.
‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ is set in Australia and begins with drag queen Mitzi Mitosis, whose real name is Anthony “Tick” Belrose, (John Berring) performing at a club “It’s Raining Men.” His estranged wife Marion (Jimmi Nelson-Reid) calls him for a favor. She needs him to perform for a few weeks at her business in Alice Springs, Australia during which time he can get to know his son Benji (Landon Levy) who has been asking for him “I Say A Little Prayer.” Tick agrees and convinces his friend, a transgender woman named Bernadette, aka Ralph, (Ronald Watson) to join him and then has another performer, Felicia, whose real name is Adam Whitely (Jesse Beere) join them “Venus.” Together they buy a budge Barbie campervan they nickname Priscilla, Queen of the Desert “Go West.” Along the way, Priscilla breaks down, forcing them to stop at a small town where they are victims of hate crimes but also make new friends and despite their differences, the trio realizes that they can not part ways. “We Belong.”
One trait of a good musical is its ability to have audiences singing along and since ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ uses well-known pop songs as its score, that is a huge plus. Such songs include “Venus,” “I Will Survive” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and knowing the songs makes for a much more enjoyable experience. Based on the smash-hit movie of the same name, it is the heartwarming and uplifting adventure of three friends who even though they clash sometimes, they always have each other’s backs. It has humor, heart and romance but it is definitely not for young audiences due to the adult themes and language. Show highlights include “Venus” when Felicia is introduce to the audience and “True Colors” when Bernadette and Adam try to cheer up Tick when he is disillusioned after Priscilla is vandalized with homophobic slurs. Ronald Watson, John Berring and Jesse Beere are incredibly talented and work well together but Jesse’s presentation is energetic and full of enthusiasm and well worth the price of admission just to see him perform his musical numbers. The music and dancing are excellent and the costumes are just plain gorgeous. With infectious songs and amazing performances, ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ is the most fun to be had at the theater this season; perfect for a girl’s night out.