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PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT- THE MUSICAL TO OPEN IN 2008...?

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There are incredibly strong rumors/conversations circulating that next year, the Australian production of Priscilla The Musical will open on West End.

The show closes its run in Sydney in September (having to vacate the Lyric Theatre after a run in with the producers of the current Australasian tour of Miss Saigon) and opens in Melbourne at the Regent Theatre in October. It will only be able to play till May 2008 at the VERY latest as Wicked will be bumping in to the theatre from then on. That's if it lasts that long, as it will be playing against Anthony Warlow's Phantom and Spamalot.

Whispers from the creative team are strong that after closing in Melbourne, Priscilla will be taking up residency on West End…bus, $1 million worth of costumes and a couple of cast members all traveling with it.

Anyone heard anything similar, or contrary for that matter? Any opinions...?

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"...But Kungurtseva reels off multiple fouettes and the tape is stopped so she can take a bow. The Jester, an abomination introduced to Swan Lake in Soviet times, extorts applause from the audience. The cuts don't help the storytelling, the production is bare bones and they go for the '50s-style happy ending. The audience cheers like mad at the end. It's the Russian ballet, after all..."
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They were rumors about this ages ago that it would eventually come in to London but i dont know if thats still going to happen as the show issnt doing that great in Oz(hasn't it been contracts with advertising etc what have forced it to stay open?? i remember reading that in a paper.

If thats true or not the fact is that London is very busy next year with new shows so it will be very competitive , i for one would love to see it as i Loved the film.
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I know of at least one West End producer who went over to see it earlier this year and he thought it was great! Doesn't mean anything I guess, but he seemed to think he had competition from other producers who also wanted it! Sounds promising
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Last i heard from a cast member that they DID plan on going to London but since London's really busy right now, they're planning on doing a World or Asian tour (which alot of Aussie productions do in the past 2 decades).
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Love This Movie! Hope it comes here, it would be great to see a stage production ^_^
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Difficult to imagine what the show can be like... Adapting a road movie into a musical... The authors should have been very tricky ! Yet the film was very good. Still make it analyze to my students ! Looking forward to it !
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Never heard of a show being forced to stay open because of an advertising contract!

I think it would have been cheaper to close the show and swallow the advertising costs.

If the advertising cost more than the running costs of the show the marketing manager should be shot!

I have heard at least 1 London producer made the journey and is interested in a West End run.

It could work on stage, but it would be a difficult transition.
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Its been running in Australia for 10 months to rave reviews and great audiences.

It definitely works on stage, believe me. The question is, will it work in London?
"...But Kungurtseva reels off multiple fouettes and the tape is stopped so she can take a bow. The Jester, an abomination introduced to Swan Lake in Soviet times, extorts applause from the audience. The cuts don't help the storytelling, the production is bare bones and they go for the '50s-style happy ending. The audience cheers like mad at the end. It's the Russian ballet, after all..."