Elegies opens in one week (previews start on Friday)!!! To celebrate, I chose Priscilla Queen of the Desert’s performance. Not only is it fun and vibrant, but, if you look closely, you will see Elegies cast member Thom Allison dancing up a storm (hint: he’s a vision in red).
The musical version of Priscilla, based on the Oscar winning 1994 Australian cult movie, premiered in Autstralia before moving to London’s West End. The production had its North American premiere in Toronto before opening on Broadway.
Full of sass, sequins, drag queens and a score comprised of some great disco tunes, the Broadway production won a 2011 Tony Award for Best Costume Design. Watch the cast strut in the Oscar and Tony winning costumes to “It’s Raining Men” in this vivacious performance.
Also, in the spirit of Elegies. I’d like to pay tribute to Mitch Leigh, the Tony winning composer of Man of LaMancha who passed away on on Sunday. LaMancha was Mr. Leigh’s only major hit on Broadway, but he won the Tony for its moving, melodic score.
Here is Richard Kiley, the original Don Quixote, singing one of the most insipirational songs in the musical theatre repertoire, “The Quest (The Impossible Dream).”