BWW TV: Divas Show off PRISCILLA Manolo Blahnik Stiletto
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL stepped onto Broadway in high style when performances began this week.
Luxury shoe designer Manolo Blahnik has unveiled his exclusive silver patent leather Mary Jane high heel adorned with a Swarovski crystal button as the official stiletto of the production - marking the first time in history Manolo's iconic shoe has been inspired by a Broadway musical. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the event and brings you a peek below!
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the shoes and a specially designed companion Manolo silver necklace with a high heel charm will benefit Priscilla producer Bette Midler's charity the New York Restoration Project.
At preview performances beginning Thursday, March 3 through Saturday, March 12, Manolo Blahnik will give away a $700 gift certificate to the Manolo Blahnik flagship store to celebrate the first two weeks of Priscilla's Broadway previews. A total of fourteen gift certificates will be given away to a randomly selected audience member during each performance at the Palace Theatre.
The Priscilla stiletto will be available at the Manolo Blahnik flagship store at 31 West 54th Street in New York City. The Manolo necklace will be sold at the Palace Theatre on Broadway.
Bette Midler said: "If there are three things I love it is shoes, drag queens and live theatre! I am so thrilled that Manolo Blahnik and Priscilla have come together to benefit a cause near and dear to my heart, the New York Restoration Project. Go out and buy these shoes! You will look fabulous and help green and clean New York City one block at a time!"
In both the Academy Award® winning film and stage musical PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, three drag queens travel across the Australian outback with a giant fifteen foot high stiletto on the top of their bus named ‘Priscilla." An iconic moment features a character in full drag performing an aria perched atop the high heel while the bus speeds through the desert.
Following smash hit productions in Australia, London and Toronto, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL arrives on Broadway at The Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway) when previews begin Monday, February 28 and opens Sunday, March 20, 2011.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL stars Tony Award® nominee Will Swenson, Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams as the trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting road trip of a lifetime who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.
Featuring a cast of 27, a score of over 20 dance-floor classics and with a dazzling array of more than 500 outrageous costumes, the spectacular new stage musical is a sensational journey to the heart of fabulous.
Adapted from the Academy Award® winning film "The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert," PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott. Direction is by Simon Phillips, choreography by Ross Coleman, musical supervision and arrangements by Stephen ‘Spud' Murphy and set design by Brian Thomson. Production supervised by Jerry Mitchell. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner have re-created their Academy Award® winning costume designs originally designed for the film. Lighting is designed by Nick Schlieper, sound design is by Jonathan Deans and Peter Fitzgerald and make up design is by Cassie Hanlon.
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is produced by Bette Midler; James L. Nederlander; Garry McQuinn, Liz Koops; Michael Hamlyn; Allan Scott; Roy Furman/ Richard Willis; Terry Allen Kramer; Terri and Timothy Childs, Ken Greiner, Ruth Hendel; Chugg Entertainment; Michael Buckley; Stewart Lane/ Bonnie Comley; Bruce Davey; Thierry Suc/TS3; Bartner/ Jenkins; Broadway Across America/H. Koenigsberg; M. Lerner/ D. Bisno/ K. Seidel/ R. Gold; Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment / Spirtas-Mauro Productions / MAS Music Arts & Show; and David Mirvish.
For Priscilla ticket and schedule information, visit: www.priscillaonbroadway.com