A great 80s soundtrack playing whilst the auditorium was filling up meant the singing and toe tapping had already begun and it didn’t stop until I got home 
I last saw Priscilla Queen of the Desert on stage about 5yrs ago with Jason Donovan – who is now one of the producers responsible for this fabulous revival
20yrs since it originally hit the stage (even longer since the film) and although society has moved on it still highlights the struggles people face to be accepted for being who they are
Priscilla is about 3 drag artists who jump aboard a battered old bus to cross the Australian desert from Sydney to Alice Springs and the journey that unfolds both on the road, between them and about them
Joe McFadden (Holby City, Strictly winner) plays Tick/Mitzi. Tick is the reason they are off to Alice Springs – he owes his estranged wife a favour and has agreed to perform at her casino plus his son wants to meet his dad…


Joe lights up the stage with his infectious smile that shines throughout the whole production, his performance is effortless in both jeans or a dress. I always knew he could sing and loved his performance of “I Say A Little Prayer” 
Miles Western was flawless as recently bereaved transgender Bernadette, who agrees to join Tick on the road and sees it as her potential comeback although she’s slightly hesitant when she realises completing the line up of the comeback performance and joining them on the road is young Adam 
Adam (Nick Hayes) is a flamboyant Kylie obsessed drag artist by the name of Felicia who definitely made her mark with her arrival number “Venus” which included a cheeky rear view 
Miles, Nick and Joe shared a wonderful connection on stage and made it look effortless – loved their “True Colours” and “We Belong” renditions
Additionally, there were some memorable and iconic numbers from the 3 of them with the whole cast to keep the mood light hearted and fun including “Colour My World”, “Go West”, “I Love The Nightlife”, and my favourite “McArthur Park” (I mean if you can make a scene from the line “someone left the cake out in the rain” what’s not to love)
Completing the main characters were Miranda Wilford as Tick’s estranged wife Marion, mechanic Bob (Daniel Fletcher) and son Benji (Harry George) who did great especially his duet with Tick 
I forgot all about Cynthia (Jacqui Sanchez) and her ping pong balls – talk about “Pop Muzik” – hilarious
Kevin Yates was great as “Miss Understanding” (and others) so funny, think the front row were nervous – brilliant 
The Divas were stunning with powerful voices that they also blended perfectly when singing with the main characters – take a bow Aiesha Pease, Claudia Kariuki, Rosie Glossop 
A great diverse ensemble cast taking on many roles from drag acts to rednecks and everything in between – shout out to Jak Allen-Anderson, those kicks were insane 
Full of vibrant costumes and great use of the Priscilla bus which was adapted throughout the scenes, a great orchestra on point with some great floor filling classics – everything you expect and more from a fabulous production
Yes I may have led the standing ovation but who doesn’t want to get up and boogie to I Will Survive 
Couldn’t think of a better way to beat the Monday blues – the best pick me up for any day of the week 
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Theatre Royal Nottingham until Saturday 1st February

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