Tuesday, January 15, 2013

January 15-27, 2013
Playhouse Square--State Theatre
                                                    216-241-6000 or www.playhousesquare.org

Bob Abelman

Like the Divine Miss M herself (Bette Midler), who is the show’s producer, “Priscilla” offers song-centric, over-the-top, Vegas style entertainment.  As a piece of musical theater, however, it is significantly more sizzle than steak.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's article in the News-Herald here.

Roy Berko

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is a rocking enjoyable evening of theater that is mostly glitz, costumes and sets, encompassing famous songs and a slight story line.

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Kerry Clawson

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, making its regional debut at PlayhouseSquare in the newly opened national tour, is a wildly fun-loving, over-the-top show that celebrates excess ... The costumes are so eye-popping, it’s like watching a Vegas show on speed. 

To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.

Fran Heller

The musical panders to an audience with a mix of nostalgia and stagecraft, all razzle-dazzle and little substance.   Coupled with the songs of Madonna, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Dionne Warwick, a dash of La Traviata and a fantasia of lighting wizardry, the almost three-hour show, including the requisite audience participation stint (groan!) is a souffle of non-stop entertainment.

To see a full review of this show, read Fran Heller's review at the Cleveland Jewish News

Christine Howey
Based on the movie of almost the same name, Priscilla the musical is a full-tilt jukebox musical glamfest, with all or bits of more than 25 pop songs force-fit into a slim storyline. And while the narrative is negligible to non-existent, the sheer force of this balls-out production is enough to sweep away most quibbles.

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's review at  Cleveland Scene


Drag queens, lights, divas, abs, pecs, dancing, frivolity and hilarity ensue during the US National Tour of Priscilla, now playing at the State Theater.
To see a full review of this show, read Kory's blog here.

Andrea Simakis

Let's get one thing out of the way: The Tony voters who gifted "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" with a trophy for best costume design were not blowing smoke up our collective tutus. (Take a bow, Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner, wherever you are.)  Those nearly 500 glam, glitzy getups are reason alone to catch the show. Because where else are you likely to see men with the abs of Brad Pitt in "Troy" outfitted as orange lizards, complete with wings and an 8-foot tail? Or paintbrushes? Or cupcakes with green frosting?

To see a full review of this show, go to