On Sunday 14 February, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical won the Best Musical Award, voted for by readers of Whatsonstage.com. In addition Oliver Thornton won Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Brian Thomson won Best Set Design and the late Ross Coleman won the award for Best Choreographer. The 2010 Whatsonstage Awards were voted for by a record 46,000 theatregoers.
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical has also received three Laurence Olivier Award nominations – Best New Musical, Best Actor in a Musical for Tony Sheldon and Best Costume Design for Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner. The Laurence Olivier Award winners are announced on 21 March.
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical will celebrate a year at the Palace Theatre in the West End on 23 March 2010 since its opening last year. As previously announced, from 8 March Jason Donovan (Tick) and Oliver Thornton (Adam) will be joined by Don Gallagher as Bernadette as booking for the show extends until 26 February 2011. As a summer celebration (6 June – 5 September 2010) Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical will be one of few West End shows offering Sunday performances.
Also from 8 March, John Bowe will join the cast to play Bob. His extensive television credits include George Marlow in Prime Suspect opposite Helen Mirren, Duggie Ferguson in Coronation Street and Dr Morgan in The Cranford Chronicles. His other television credits include Dalziel and Pascoe, Silent Witness, Tipping the Velvet and Class Act. On film his credits include Einstein and Me, Stalin and The Living Daylights. His more recent theatre credits include the UK tour of Terms of Endearment and The Lady from the Sea for the Almeida Theatre, as well as many productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company including Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It and Hamlet.
Based on the Oscar® award-winning film and written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott and directed by Simon Phillips, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical tells the story of Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback.
For more information, visit the London production’s official website.
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