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REVIEW: Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Original Broadway Cast Album

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REVIEW: Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Original Broadway Cast Album

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Broadway Musical

Priscilla
The Australian transfer stage phenomenon that has defied naysayers and taken Broadway by storm has captured their full-energy stage performance for posterity in a Broadway cast album disco dance party. Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical is the story of a trio of drag queens who travel across Australia, facing bullies and demons along the way. Told via well-known pop songs and club anthems, the Priscilla Queen of the Desert cast album is a great CD to get for family or friends aged 13 and older.

Priscilla Cast Album Is Not a Drag

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is more like a revue than a book musical, as it is a story told using well-known songs and not showtunes written specifically for the show. This did not seem to matter to audiences or the producers as the Broadway cast album was set before the show opened in New York.

All the dance energy you would expect from a high-class discotheque has been thrown in to Priscilla. Iconic 1970's disco dance tunes in the show include, "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," and "Shake Your Groove Thing," along with 1980's anthems "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Material Girl." But not all the songs are disco club fare.

The reprise of "I Say a Little Prayer" takes a break from the predictable disco eight-to-the-bar and slows it down to a guitar-driven ballad segueing into the more familiar upbeat tempo. An ode to opera makes a brief appearance with a bit of Verdi thrown in for good measure.

In the lead are 2011 Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon as "Bernadette," Will Swenson as "Tick/Mitzi," and Nick Adams as "Adam/Felicia." Some slow, tender moments are sprinkled throughout the show, but most songs are group numbers belted out by the leads and backed up by the ensemble cast or featuring the three "Divas," sung by Jacqueline B. Arnold, Anastacia McCleskey, Ashley Spencer.

Wrap Up

The stage production received criticism for using "canned music," but whatever they did in the studio for the cast album, it was worth it. Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a full-out party that will have you dancing in your seat. This is perfect music for dancing, exercising, or just to lift your mood because no one can stay mad long when listening to disco.

If you missed the stage show, the national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert kicks off its heels in 2013. Until then, get this album for your Broadway OCR collection and party like it's a 1970's drag queen parade!

Song Listing

1. Overture:
a) I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round) by [A. Bridges, S. Hutchinson]
b) Finally by [F. Delgado, R. Jackson, C. Penniston]
c) Go West by [H. Belolo, J. Morali, V. Willis]
2. It's Raining Men by [P. Jabara, P.Schaffer]
3. Don't Leave Me This Way by [C. Gilbert, K. Gamble, L. Huff]
4. Material Girl by [P. Brown, R. Rans]
5. Go West by [H. Belolo, J. Morali, V. Willis]
6. I Say A Little Prayer by [B. Bacharach, H. David]
7. I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round) by [A. Bridges, S. Hutchinson]
8. True Colors by [Kelly/Steinberg]
9. Follie! Delirio Vano e Questo! by [G. Verdi]
10. Color My World by [T. hatch, J. Trent]
11. I Will Survive by [D. Fekaris, F. Perren]
12. A Fine Romance by [D. Fields, J. Kern]
13. Shake Your Groove Thing by [D. Fekaris, F. Perren]
14. Pop Muzik by [R. Scott]
15. A Fine Romance (Reprise) by [D. Fields, J. Kern]
16. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by [R. Hazard]
17. Hot Stuff by [P. bellotte, H. Faltermeyer, K. Forsey]
18. MacArthur Park by [J. Webb]
19. Always On My Mind / I Say A Little Prayer by [J. Christopher, M. James, W. Thompson / B. Bacharach, H. David]
20. Like A Prayer by [P. Leonard, Madonna]
21. We Belong by [E. Lowen, D. Navarro]
22. Finale
a) Finally by [F. Delgado, R. Jackson, C. Penniston]
b) Shake Your Groove Thing by [D. Fekaris, F. Perren
c) Hot Stuff by [P. bellotte, H. Faltermeyer, K. Forsey
d) I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round) by [A. Bridges, S. Hutchinson]
e) I Will Survive by [D. Fekaris, F. Perren]

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