Success rolls on for ‘our’ musical Priscilla

Tony Sheldon in Priscilla

Homegrown musical Priscilla continues to make waves internationally, with a Broadway debut imminent and the show receiving several Olivier Award nominations in London.

The musical, which stars Australian theatre veteran Tony Sheldon as Bernadette, has been nominated for Best New Musical in London alongside Spring Awakening, Sister Act and Dreamboats And Petticoats.

Tony Sheldon has been nominated for Best Actor In A Musical, whilst Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner have been nominated for Best Costume Design.

The news comes as Sheldon prepares to leave the hit West End production. He will perform the role of Bernadette for the last time on March 8, before Don Gallagher takes over.

Priscilla has been an incredible journey for Sheldon, who started with the production when it opened in Sydney and has continued to gain acclaim and excellent reviews ever since.

And could the next step for the actor be Broadway?

Latest rumours suggest that Priscilla will have its New York debut on March 6, 2011, becoming one of the few Australian musicals to make it to Broadway.

Priscilla tells the story of a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio: Tick, Bernadette and Adam. Travelling across Australia in a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla), the three agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. In a heart-warming, uplifting adventure, these three fish out of water, searching for love and friendship, end up finding more than they could.
The show features a range of classic songs from the disco era, and after initial fears that it was ‘too Sydney’ to be a success even interstate, it is now proving a major worldwide hit, with the ultimate glory of Broadway now within reach.

Priscilla has now extended its London season, with the show to run until at least February next year.

London launch of Priscilla

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *