Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical
Caparisoned in more sequins than there are stars in the heavens, Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott's Broadway adaptation of Elliott's 1994 film parks its own tour bus at the Pantages -- and it's hard not to be won over by the sparkle, whimsy and, yes, charm of the production. Elliott and Scott's book hews to the movie's plot, as a trio of drag queens sets off across the Outback to help one of their number reunite with his long-estranged son. Along the way, the sprightly production (directed by David Hyslop, based on Simon Phillips' Broadway production) is peppered with zesty renditions of disco hits, from a wonderfully spirited "It's Raining Men" to a joyful take on "I Will Survive," performed by the drag trio in wigs that look like gigantic flower pots. Admittedly, the performers sometimes seem like movable set pieces for the show's real stars -- co-designer Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner's hilariously over-the-top costumes and production designer Brian Thomson's gorgeous construction of Priscilla, the ramshackle bus that whirls around and glows neon. A carper might critique the formulaic nature of the show, which traduces stock tropes of the new Broadway musical, but these cavils are superseded by the show's sheer uplifting energy. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 6:30 p.m.; through June 16. (800) 982-2787, broadwayla.org.
Tue., May 28, 8 p.m.; Wed., May 29, 8 p.m.; Thu., May 30, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 31, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 1, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., June 2, 1 & 6:30 p.m.; Tue., June 4, 8 p.m.; Wed., June 5, 8 p.m.; Thu., June 6, 8 p.m.; Fri., June 7, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 8, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., June 9, 1 & 6:30 p.m.; Tue., June 11, 8 p.m.; Wed., June 12, 8 p.m.; Thu., June 13, 8 p.m.; Fri., June 14, 8 p.m.; Sat., June 15, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., June 16, 1 & 6:30 p.m., 2013
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