In the 90s when I was a wee young thing, I bounced along in my ripped fishnets and gigantic New Rock boots all excited at the thought of catching Jason Donovan taking to the stage of the Hull Truck theatre as Frank ‘N’ Furter in the Rocky Horror Show. But disappointment awaited, when it turned out, as he so often was in those heady days, ‘sick’ that day and left the honours to his understudy. A good time was had by all, but it seemed the opportunity to see lovely Scott from Neighbours dragging up a storm might have been gone forever.
Not so! This week came the announcement he’ll be in Liverpool in a couple of months in perhaps the only show more unapologetically camp than Rocky – Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Huzzah!
On at the Empire from May 20 to 25,.Donovan will reprise the role of Tick, the part he played when the show originally opened in the West End.
He’ll be joined by Richard Grieve as Bernadette (best known as Jonny Foster in Emmerdale and Sam Kratz in Neighbours), and Graham Weaver as Felicia.
Based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is quite conservatively described as “the adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and ending more than they could have ever dreamed of”.
However, with a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favorites including It’s Raining Men, Say a Little Prayer, Go West and Hot Stuff, you can guess the rest. The tagline of the show promises “a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!”, and I’m going to hold them to that.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert originally opened in Australia in 2006 where it ran for two years before opening in the West End for a run of a further two years. The show recently played a hugely successful season on Broadway. Along the way, it has won numerous awards including the prestigious Olivier and Tony Awards for best costume design.
Well, we’re ready for ya. I’ve been waiting 16 years for this. You better WERK, Jase.