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Priscilla Queen of the Desert is Mamma Mia on Steroids

I went into the show knowing hardly anything but hoping for a fun and carefree girls’ night out with my friend V. And boy were we lucky! The music included all-time favorites such as Material Girl, MacArthur Park, and It’s Raining Men and could be best described as Mamma Mia on steroids.

The Joyous Living: Priscilla Queen of the Desert Was Non-Stop Fun at Hollywood Pantages Theatre

The show’s costumes and sets were over-the-top hilarious! The number of feathers, fringe, tinsel, platform heels, pink feather boas, disco jumpsuits, and Daisy Dukes was endless.

(c) Joan Marcus

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” is a musical adaptation of the 1994 film of the same name, known for its vibrant and colorful celebration of individuality, friendship, and self-discovery.

4 Reasons to See “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” The Musical:

  1. Spectacular Visuals: The musical is renowned for its dazzling costumes and elaborate set designs. The visual spectacle is a feast for the eyes, with an array of sequins, feathers, and flamboyant outfits that capture the essence of drag culture.

  2. Music and Choreography: Featuring a jukebox of well-loved pop hits like “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” and “Hot Stuff,” the musical numbers are high-energy and infectious. The choreography is often praised for its dynamism and creativity.

  3. Heartfelt Story: At its core, the story is one of acceptance and family. The journey of the three main characters—Tick/Mitzi, Bernadette, and Adam/Felicia—resonates on an emotional level, offering poignant moments amid the humor and spectacle.

  4. Strong Performances: The leads typically deliver standout performances, balancing the campy humor with the emotional depth required by their roles. The chemistry between the actors playing the three central characters is crucial and often a highlight.

Thankfully No Stereotypical Religious Homophobes

My main concern going in to see the show had been that the three main characters, two drag queens and one transsexual, would face oppression from religious homophobes. Thankfully, that was NOT the case in this musical and while I definitely squirmed a couple times during all to realistic scenes of homophobic attacks I was grateful it wasn’t a bunch of crazies hiding behind their religious zeal.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Parental Warning 

On that same note, please be aware that this is not appropriate for children because there are several utterances of the F words and there are two strong homophobic scenes where our two drag queens are attacked.

Would I Recommend Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?

(c) The Joyous Living

So would I recommend seeing this show during the remainder of its LA stop at the Hollywood Pantages Theater? Yes, 100% yes.

“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” generally succeeds as a crowd-pleaser, delivering an entertaining mix of music, dance, and visual delight. It celebrates diversity and the LGBTQ+ community, offering a joyous and uplifting experience that can be both hilarious and heartwarming. While it may have its flaws, the musical’s charm and energy often win over audiences, making it a memorable theatrical experience.

You will laugh, tap your foot non-stop, and be unable to stop clapping out of delight during the entertaining curtain call. And be forewarned that you’ll likely leave humming an 80’s favorite. 

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4 reasons to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical