The Dolls, Albuquerque’s premier drag troupe, give "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical" its regional debut.
BY M. BRIANNA STALLINGS
It’s a shot straight out of film history. A clunky silver bus chugs through the Australian outback. Silver fabric billows from the roof as a square-jawed beauty rocking massive heels and a sequined catsuit lip syncs to Verdi.
This is Felicia (aka Adam when not in drag), one of three queens traveling from Sydney to the outskirts of civilization in Academy Award-winning 1994 movie “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” Adapted into a musical in the mid-aughts, “Priscilla” made its way to Broadway courtesy of producer Bette Midler in 2011, and it ran on the Great White Way to sellout audiences and rave reviews.
The Dolls, Albuquerque’s premier drag troupe, give this fabulously opulent spectacle its regional debut. Directed and produced by Jessica Osbourne and Dolls’ co-founder Ken Ansloan, its soundtrack boasts full orchestral accompaniment and features hits by Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Village People plus gay anthems like “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” and “Hot Stuff.”
“Priscilla” opened July 1, and it’s already being considered one of The Dolls’ best productions. “Priscilla” runs through July 24, on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., in the NHCC Journal Theatre (1701 Fourth Street SW). Tickets are $27 and are available by calling 724-4771 or visiting nhccnm.org. A portion of ticket sales benefit New Mexico AIDS Services.
“Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical”
July 1-24, Fri.-Sat: 7:30 p.m., Sun: 2 p.m., $27
National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth Street SW