Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1

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Following smash hit productions in Australia, London and Toronto, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL began previews on Broadway on February 28 and opened on Sunday night, March 20, 2011. Here's part one of our photo coverage of the show's starry opening night red carpet arrivals!

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 score of over 20 dance-floor classics, a company of 27, 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 MitchellTim 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 MidlerJames L. NederlanderGarry McQuinnLiz KoopsMichael HamlynAllan ScottRoy FurmanRichard Willis;Terry Allen Kramer; Terri and Timothy ChildsKen GreinerRuth HendelChugg Entertainment;Michael BuckleyStewart LaneBonnie ComleyBruce DaveyThierry Suc/TS3; Bartner/ Jenkins;Broadway Across America/H. Koenigsberg; M. Lerner/ D. Bisno/ K. Seidel/ R. Gold; Paul Boskindand Martian Entertainment / Spirtas-Mauro Productions / MAS Music Arts & Show; and David Mirvish.

Photos by Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

 

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Theatre Marquee for the Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Daniel Breaker attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Daniel Breaker attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Christie Brinkley attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Christie Brinkley attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Christie Brinkley attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Christie Brinkley attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Christie Brinkley attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Christie Brinkley attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Christie Brinkley attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Andy Cohen attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Andy Cohen attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Lee Daniels attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Lee Daniels attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Lee Daniels and Guest attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Lee Daniels attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Tovah Feldshuh and Andrew Harris attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Tovah Feldshuh and Andrew Harris attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Audra McDonald attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Audra McDonald attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Audra McDonald attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Audra McDonald attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
James L. Nederlander attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Guy Pearce attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Guy Pearce & Stephan Elliott attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Guy Pearce & Stephan Elliott attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Guy Pierce & Stephen Elliott with Tim Chappel attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Guy Pearce attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Guy Pearce attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Guy Pearce & Stephan Elliott with Tim Chappel attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1

Charlotte Rae attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Charlotte Rae attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Charlotte Rae attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Charlotte Rae attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Roger Rees attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Roger Rees attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Roger Rees and partner Rick Elice attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Roger Rees and partner Rick Elice attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Joan Rivers attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Joan Rivers attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Joan Rivers attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Joan Rivers attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Kathleen Turner and daughter Rachel Weiss attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Kathleen Turner and daughter Rachel Weiss attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Kathleen Turner and daughter Rachel Weiss attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Kathleen Turner and daughter Rachel Weiss attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Kathleen Turner and daughter Rachel Weiss attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Kathleen Turner and daughter Rachel Weiss attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Kathleen Turner and daughter Rachel Weiss attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Kathleen Turner and daughter Rachel Weiss attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Sophie Frederica Von Haselberg attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler & daughter Sophie Frederica Von Haselberg attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler & daughter Sophie Frederica Von Haselberg attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler & daughter Sophie Frederica Von Haselberg attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler & daughter Sophie Frederica Von Haselberg attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler & daughter Sophie Frederica Von Haselberg attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler & daughter Sophie Frederica Von Haselberg attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1
Bette Midler attending the Broadway opening Night Performance of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical' at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT Red Carpet - Part 1

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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