Judging by the commercials, it looks REALLY bad and even somewhat low budget.\
Has anyone been? Why was it necessary to bring this to Broadway knowing there was no way it could do justice to the film??
Not at all interested in this show but I believe it will be a hit alone for the Mamma Mia inspired tunestack of disco hits. It''s selling out in London, Australia and this company had a successful tryout in Toronto.%0D\
I can''t imagine watching creepy Will Swenson camping it up. I do hear that the bus is worth seeing... but does one go to a show for the scenery??
The Phantom of the Opera
I saw it in London a few months ago - started off quite well, but got a bit mawkish. Bus was quite clever.
I think these shows are designed ONLY to sell tickets to the masses and not even remotely intended to be critically successful. These shows aren''t for people who enjoy theater, they''re for people who never see theater, people from outside the big city who gallop back home to tell meemaw and cousin Tammy that they saw a "Broadway show".
Saw it last night. One of the most fun, enjoyable, life-affirming musicals I have ever scene. The audience ovation was endless. It makes you forget the horrors of Spiderman. The musical numbers are joyous. Costumes are hilarious. The Australian actor playing the transexual is brilliant and will win a Tony. Will Swenson, however, is like a big black hole in the middle of the show. Why did they cast him?
[quote] the most fun, enjoyable, life-affirming musicals \
And THAT is why theater queens get a bad name.
[quote]I think these shows are designed ONLY to sell tickets to the masses and not even remotely intended to be critically successful. These shows aren''t for people who enjoy theater\
Oh Dear, these shows are absolutely intended for people who enjoy theater. People who go and laugh and have a good time not spending the entire show thinking they can do it better. Although I do like to sit behind your kind because the sightline is better what with you sitting there with your head up your ass.
Getting a bus to pick up the leads and chorus "girls."
r3 - You are just a barrel of fun, aren''t ya?\
For some reason, I don''t think these semi-fictional, semi-literate yokels you describe are going to spend a lot of money on "Prisilla" in the first place.\
It looks fun. I enjoyed the movie thoroughly.\
I would have preferred it have an original score, though.
R6 is a 65 year old gay guy who collects Disney characters and has a Winnie the Pooh tattoo on his right arm.
I saw it in London and enjoyed every minute I will certainly see it here though have no faith I will buy into Will Swenson at all They can try to make him happen all they want doubt they will succeed
r3 / r5 / r9 you sound like a fat miserable asshole.
Is ping-pong "lady" in the show? The whole movie was boring & long except for the crazy filipina spitting out the ping-pong balls. "Me perform for you, me dance too!!"
"I no like you anyway, you got little ding-a-ling..."
Stuffed shirts won''t enjoy it but they never enjoy anything.
R3 really isn''t too bright, but Priscilla is bubblegum theater. Bouncy pop music, elaborate sets and the bare minimum of character and plot to get from one set and song to the next.%0D\
At 200 bucks a seat it is pricey bubblegum.%0D\
Lots of New Yorkers love these kind of shows R3.
Key being "New Yorkers", r14, and Europeans visiting. That will have to keep the show going for a long run because ''flyover country'' Americans will not be able to handle "Priscilla". Even if they stumble in to the theater out of curiosity, the word will spread --"Golly, them''s boys dressed as wimmin. I ain''t lettin nobody know I saw a queer show."
Yeah, because that really hurt La Cage aux Folles R15.
Didn''t like the movie. What are the songs?
One amusing/disturbing thing I forgot to mention..I heard more than a few audience members asking if this show was based on a movie! WTF?!?\
How could anyone not know this was a film? It wasn''t from 100 years ago and it, in fact, was one of the most indelible films of the 90s. I fear for this generation''s cultural IQ. Or do I just live in a gay NYC bubble?
"One of the most fun, enjoyable, life-affirming musicals I have ever scene."%0D\
The best things about the movie were Terence Stamp and the basilik lizard costumes.
It does not have any appeal for me, I did not much care for the film.
I have seen it twice in London. It has been playing there for over two years. It is wonderful, heartwarming, and entertaining. Get off your high ass horse, OP. \
Also, yes, it follows the movie quite closely, and the music is a mish-mash of 60''s, 60''s, and 80''s pop anthems-and each of them is perfect for the moment. \
The singing angels (meant to represent the blow-up doll in the film) are an extra-added fun touch.
Terrence Stamp was great, R20, but Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce were also excellent in the film. Personally, I hated the stereotypical asian ping-pong lady - both racist and misogynist in one character\
The lizard outfits are actually meant to evoke the iconic australian Frill-neck Lizard.\
Scroll down to see this bizarre reptile:
Oh, please...everyone knows that stereotypical Thai hookers + ping-pong ball trick = fun, laughs, good times.
Yes, the ping pong lady is in the show. \
Get ready to duck!
My co-worker told me ping pong lady was nominated for best supporting actress oscar, but I can''t find anything that proves this.
I saw it in London in the summer and really really enjoyed it. It''s not meant to be high art and morons like R3 blithely show their ignorance when they try to sound so pedantic and self-righteous when they look for deeper meaning in a production that is just meant to be fun. \
It''s absolutely a fun show, OP. It does justice to the film quite well. In fact, because of the costumes alone, if any film was going to make a good stage adaptation, this is it. With a bigger budget, they were able to do some amazing things in terms of costumes. If you''ve seen the movie, then you know the story; they don''t veer away from the film at all really. I won''t give too much away but the ping pong dance is set to "Pop Muzik" by M Factor!
I''m going on the 12th with 4 relatives. I have heard it''s great. Looking forward to it!
I saw it in London. What''s strange is that the songs have so little connection with each other. At least in Mamma Mia! the songs were all by Abba. Here you have "I''ve Never Been To Me" followed by "Don''t Leave Me This Way" followed by "I Say A Little Prayer" followed by "Both Sides Now", not to mention "MacArthur Park" and "Always On My Mind". It''s the first musical with a score provided by i-pod shuffle.
R3 = Addison DeWitt
[qote]It does not have any appeal for me, I did not much care for the film.%0D\
Me too. I''ll wait for the bootleg.
I adored the film, esp Terence Stamp. I''m seeing it a week from Tuesday. I hope it''s good.\
But it sure can''t be worse that that "Women on the Verge" turd.
The movie was overrated.%0D\
"To Wong Foo" was much better.
Nick Adams ain''t no Chi Chi Roderiguez.
''Priscilla...'' had its faults as a movie, R34, but ''To Wong Foo...'' was a dreary, cheap hollywood knock-off.\
Or were you in it, dear?
[quote]My co-worker told me ping pong lady was nominated for best supporting actress oscar, but I can''t find anything that proves this.\
No but the ping pong lady was Julia Cortez who''s only other movie was the kid''s movie "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" as Rita Repulsa both Oz productions.
YA CAN''T HAVE!\
YA CAN''T HAVE NUTHIN!\
WE GOT NUTHIN HERE FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU!
Saw it last night. Total over-the-top fabulosity. Costumes are hilarious, the divas were great, and the bus was very cleverly done. \
My only (slightly) negative observation would be that the male leads don''t have the greatest voices I''ve ever heard. But the mins sure are fine to look at. And ping-pong lady was hysterically funny.\
I loved it.
[quote]''To Wong Foo...'' was a dreary, cheap hollywood knock-off.\
It was... but John Leguizamo''s ChiChi was his best role yet. His lines were hysterical.
I''ll go see this show if Nick Adams takes his clothes off.
Love, love , loved it, great fun, amazing costumes, the audience gave it an ovation I''ve never seen on broadway, went on for several minutes.
Saw it in Toronto. Liked the bus, but another jukebox musical with disco retreads. The flyovers and fraus will love it.
Do they actually sing the songs or are they just performing/lip-synching to the original tracks?
Which of the three drag actors is the prettiest? That''s the one I''ll take home in my van.
I read in the NY Times the producers - lead by Bette Midler - DE-GAYED every nuance to make it palatable for midwestern tourists. Even the ads feature female showgirls! %0D\
So why should any gay guy see a show about gay men - drag queens - that is now TOTALLY butched-up??
[quote]I read in the NY Times the producers - lead by Bette Midler - DE-GAYED every nuance to make it palatable for midwestern tourists. Even the ads feature female showgirls! \
Yes they "DE-GAYED" the whole thing thanks to Bette Midler. Not only are the drag queens heterosexual, Bernadette is now a real biological woman. Stay away reply 46. Stay far far away. Please.
Well, if this show has been "butched up", they must have been butt-fucking on stage in London and Toronto. It''s the gayest thing I''ve seen on B''way. Much gayer than La Cage. And Nick Adams is basically naked most of the show.
They are NOT drag queens!!! Merely transvestites in search of the right girl.
As he should be. That boy is perfection.
[quote]Bernadette is now a real biological woman.\
The show makes extensive jokes about how "Ralph" cut off his "ralph", i.e., had transexual surgery. \
If that makes Bernadette a biological women... whatevs.\
What''s your damage, R47? Didn''t make the cut?
Will Swenson is creepy. Does he make Audra wear that creepy Mormon underwear or did he leave the church?
Nick Adams will present his hole to anyone.
Seeing it tomorrow night....can''t wait! And then it opens on Friday so I''m seeing the finished product!!!%0D\
I promise to report back.
Thanks R54, please let us know how "de-gayed" the finished production actually is - between the Times article and those REALLY annoying ads featuring real women I had wanted to see it but will not spend my money on a musical depicting yet another straight person''s homogenized version of gay LIFE - ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS ADAPTED FROM AN UBER-GAY FILM I LOVE lOVE LOVE!!!!!!!%0D\
A straight Priscila sounds ......sad.
The original play was about Kylie Minogue impersonators but they took all the Kylie out. \
I saw today''s matinee. A very vibrant well executed crowd pleaser.\
The tour bus is spray painted "Fuck Off Faggot" by thugs.\
The characters say cock and tits quite often.\
This "degayed" bit doesn''t seem true. There''s a lot of stuff that could be deemed "objectionable."\
Many of the tourists bought and wore the purple boas sold at the souvenir counter.
It''s one the gayest show I''ve ever seen. And I''ve seen a lot of shows.
[quote]What''s your damage, [R47]? Didn''t make the cut?\
It was sarcasm Dear, they haven''t "de-gayed" anything. Here is a clip from this week and if this is "de-gayed" then you have a problem.
OMG based on that clip the show seems gayer than Christmas morning at Christopher Radko''s home. %0D\
WTF was the Times doing writing that very misleading article?
There is nothing str8 about it, full on great gay show!
Bette Midler was on the Today Show this morning to promote this show.
Did Brantley ever review the London version and if so what did he think? %0D\
I can''t imagine this will get great reviews but I''m sure it''ll be a huge hit anyway. Audiences are so easily amused and overwhelmed these days.
Happened upon the opening night scene earlier this evening. Spotted Andy Cohen (squiring a female he was treating like his wife--I guess he''s single right now), Joan Rivers, Charlotte Rae (so tiny!) Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman (checking out the competition I guess), Jerry Mitchell, Christie Brinkley with Barry Weissler(Wow! She looks amazing!), and of course Audra McDonald rocking some serious drag queen shoes. Also noticed a ring on her left hand Did we miss something? Is she betrothed to the ex-Mormon?
The ex-Mormon (with the timid cock) is indeed engaged to Audra Ann!
The Times review should be appearing any second. I have no idea if Brantley will like it (I sure didn''t!), did he review it in London?
Brantley did not go near it. Isherwood reviewed it.
I don''t know how you can really compare Too Wong Foo. I don''t know any drag queens, including those in Priscilla, who are not transitioning that go about in drag all the time. \
TWF is fun, fluff, Priscilla has some dark moments with Stamps character, and the characters, even Guys'' are people.\
The show looks fun, I''d see it just for Nick Adams.
I didn''t want to go but friends talked me into it and I surprisingly loved it. I have a few reservations but have to say it was one of the most consistently even, fun nights I''ve spent on Broadway in years and the three leads are terrific. Better than the movie in many ways. And the audience loved it. A jukebox musical worth seeing because the story is well turned into a satisfying libretto.
Saw it last night in Los Angeles and it was FUCKING FAB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great reason to resurrect another dead thread. You loved it in LA!
Loved it! Pop Music for the ping pong ball scene was brilliant. The technical aspects for painting the bus and moving the bus out over part of the audience was awesome.
We saw this the same week as 'normal heart' and 'jerusalem'. There's plenty of room in theater for serious and fun shows. I loved every minute of Priscilla (except maybe the 'always on my mind' with mitzi and his son (i kind of hate kids).
See it if it comes your way and you're not an overly depressed bitter old queen who hasn't had fun since Animal House.