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Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!

Following its critically acclaimed North American debut engagement in Toronto, the spectacular new stage musical arrives on Broadway at The Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway) when previews begin Monday, February 28 toward an official opening on Sunday, March 20, 2011. Yesterday morning, the show met the press in New York for the first time, we were there to capture all the fun. 

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL stars Olivier Award nominee Tony Sheldon, Tony Award nominee Will Swenson and Nick Adams as the trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting adventure 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 and with a dazzling array of more than 500 outrageous costumes, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE 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 ThomsonTim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner have re-created their Academy Award® winning costume designs originally designed for the film. Lighting is designed by Nick Schlieper and sound design is by Jonathan Deans. BAFTA Award winning make up design is recreated by Cassie Hanlon.

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL is produced by Bette MidlerJames L. NederlanderGarry McQuinnLiz KoopsMichael HamlynAllan Scott Productions; Roy Furman/Richard WillisTerry Allen Kramer; Terri and Timothy ChildsKen GreinerRuth Hendel; Bartner/Jenkins; Chugg EntertainmentMichael BuckleyStewart F. Lane / Bonnie ComleyBruce DaveyThierry Suc/TS3; The Volcano Project; Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment / Spirtas-Mauro Productions / MAS Music Arts & Show; and David Mirvish.

Photos by Walter McBride / WM Photos / Retna Ltd. 

 

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Atmosphere at the 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert' Meet & Greet the Cast & Creative team

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Atmosphere at the 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert' Meet & Greet the Cast & Creative team

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Atmosphere at the 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert' Meet & Greet the Cast & Creative team

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Atmosphere at the 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert' Meet & Greet the Cast & Creative team

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
James L. Nederlander

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
James L. Nederlander

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Garry McQuinn

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Garry McQuinn

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Garry McQuinn

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Garry McQuinn & Simon Phillips

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Simon Phillips

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Simon Phillips

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Simon Phillips

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Simon Phillips

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Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams

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Steve Schepis

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Steve Schepis

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Joshua Buscher

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Jeff Metzler & Joshua Buscher

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Kyle Brown

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Kyle Brown

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson & Kyle Brown

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Gavin Lodge, Bryan West, Mike McGowan, Jeff Metzler, Joshua Buscher

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Tad Wilson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson & Tad Wilson & Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson & Tad Wilson & Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Jacqueline B. Arnold, Steve Schepis, Kyle Brown, Tad Wilson, Tony Sheldon & Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson, Tony Sheldon & Tad Wilson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Tony Sheldon & Will Swenson with ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Tony Sheldon & Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Tony Sheldon & Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Tony Sheldon & Will Swenson

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Steve Schepis & Tony Sheldon & Nathan Lee Graham

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

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Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams

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Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Tony Sheldon &Nick Adams & Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams & Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson

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Luke Mannikus & Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Luke Mannikus & Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Luke Mannikus

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson & Luke Mannikus

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Jacqueline B. Arnold & Anastacia McCleskey & Ashley Spencer

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Ashley Spencer & Jacqueline B. Arnold & Anastacia McCleskey

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Ashley Spencer & Jacqueline B. Arnold & Anastacia McCleskey

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Ashley Spencer

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Anastacia McCleskey

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Anastacia McCleskey

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Jacqueline B. Arnold

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Kyle Brown & James Brown III

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Ashley Spencer, Will Swenson & Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Kyle Brown & Jacqueline B. Arnold & Joshua Buscher

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Steve Schepis

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Kyle Brown

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Kyle Brown

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Kyle Brown & Joshua Buscher

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Mike McGowan & Kyle Brown

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Mike McGowan & Kyle Brown

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Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Tony Sheldon & Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Tony Sheldon & Nick Adams & Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Tony Sheldon & Nick Adams & Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams & Will Swenson & Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams & Will Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams & Will Swenson & Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson, Nick Adams & Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Will Swenson, Nick Adams & Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams, Will Swenson & Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams, Will Swenson & Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams, Will Swenson & Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams, Will Swenson & Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Nick Adams, Will Swenson & Tony Sheldon

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
ensemble

 

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Thom Allison, as the cupcake, and cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
(L-R) James L. NederlanderSimon Phillips, Stephen 'Spud' Murphy and Garry McQuinn

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
(L-R) James L. NederlanderSimon Phillips, Stephen 'Spud' Murphy and Garry McQuinn

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
James L. NederlanderSimon PhillipsWill SwensonTony SheldonNick Adams and Garry McQuinn  at theAlvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City.

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Keala Settle, C. David Johnson, Ashley SpencerAnastacia McCleskeyTony SheldonWill SwensonJ. Elaine MarcosNick AdamsJacqueline B. Arnold and Jessica Phillips

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
C. David Johnson, Tony SheldonWill Swenson and Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
C. David Johnson, Tony SheldonWill Swenson and Nick Adams

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Jessica Phillips, Luke MannikusWill Swenson

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Anastacia McCleskeyJacqueline B. Arnold & Ashley Spencer

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!
Thom Allison at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City.

 

Photo Coverage: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT in Rehearsal & Meet the Cast!

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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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