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The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert is at Playhouse on the Square

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When you're alone, and life is making you lonely, you can always go downtown. Or you can pack up your lavender tour bus named Priscilla, say a little prayer, and go west across the desert to shake your groove thing in a brand new place, for brand new bunch of drag fans. What's love got to do with it? Everything of course.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Australian filmmakers expanded their global audience in the 1990s with oddball hits like Strictly Ballroom and Muriel's Wedding. In the same quirky vein, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert chronicled the troubles and triumphs of two drag queens and a transgendered woman having a fine romance with the open road — surviving, coloring the world, and lip-synching to pop muzik on a journey from Sydney to Alice Springs. Just in time for Pride Month, the jukebox musical adaptation of this LGBTQ touchstone rolls into Memphis, turning Playhouse on the Square into a Boogie Wonderland.

Priscilla's crew lays down one radio hit after the other: "I've Never Been to Me," "I Love the Nightlife," "Venus," "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," and "Always on My Mind." It can be hot stuff. With performances by Daniel Gonzalez and David Foster, direction from Dave Landis, and choreography by Courtney Oliver and Daniel Stuart Nelson, it's also an emotional journey from the perspective of friends who have looked at the world from both sides now.

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