I Will Survive? Priscilla Queen of the Desert to Close on Broadway
Glitter and BE GONE! Broadway just got a little less fabulous! Fans worst hears have been confirmed for Broadway’s big blockbuster musical filled with fun tunes and outlandish costumes. It has been announced that after a year on The Great White Way, Priscilla Queen of the Desert will pack up its bus and head out closing on Broadway come June 24th.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a musical that features a book by Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott using some of the best known pop songs ever written as its score. The musical is adapted from the 1994 movie under the same title. It follows two drag queens and a transsexual as they travel across Australia performing. They encounter just about everything on their journey from bad comedy, braking comfort zones and homophobia along the way all while in their majestic bus.
The Broadway production began previews on February 28th, 2011 and officially opened March 20th, 2011 at the famous Palace Theatre in Times Square. Before coming to Broadway, Priscilla Queen of the Desert made its North American debut in Toronto doing its 12 week pre-Broadway try out run there earlier in the year. By the time Priscilla Queen of the Desert closes on Broadway, it will have played a total of 23 previews and 526 performances. The infamous trio of friends in the musical are headed out by some of Broadways best known male figures. Will Swenson, Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams (Pictured above from left to right) lead this hilarious musical comedy that will have you rolling and laughing wanting more. Providing you with hit after hit, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a musical anyone can enjoy.
The news of Priscilla Queen of the Desert closing comes as no true surprise to those in the theatre community. The production has been receiving luke warm ticket sales for quite some time now and has been surviving off of insane discounted tickets so more people then ever can see the show. consistently ranked amongst the lower shows for many weeks now in overall gross on Broadway. The Nederlander organization owns The Palace Theatre and says they would rather have the show in there making a little bit of money then to have the theatre sitting there empty. I mean, it is The Palace in Times Square after all
I do have to admit I like the approach The Nederlander Organization took towards Priscilla Queen of the Desert. They could have honestly closed this show up months ago. Many people never even believed it would make it a year on Broadway. However, despite shutting it down and letting an empty theatre sit in the heart of the theatre district, they pushed through the hard times. Discounted tickets and fun offers for those willing have kept the show up and running for quite some time now. More people have gotten to see and experience the story behind Priscilla Queen of the Desert because of this smart move. The Nederlander Organization should be applauded for doing so. Too often Broadway producers and theatre owners simply give up on shows they know aren’t doing well. The Nederlander’s made the best of this situation and took this show to the point they could until they could not anymore.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert closing now leaves The Palace Theatre open for any Fall 2012 Broadway production. Which show though will take up residence in this historic Broadway Theatre? WE have an idea! However, you’ll have to wait for another Luner on Theatre Article to check that out entirely!
Priscilla Queen of the Desert will pack up its bus and take leave one final time on Broadway come June 24th. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out this fabulous glitterfied (Yeah we just made that up) production, run to The Palace Theatre in times Square! You don’t wanna miss these queens who sit at some of the highest thrones on Broadway! For more information, check out the Official Priscilla Queen of the Desert website. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre now back and better then ever before! We’re bringing you your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!