Music: The pliant and expressive Emma Matthews and Sally- Anne Russell lead the soloists in Handel’s Messiah. The choral masterwork is conducted by early music specialist Antony Walker, with male soloists Angus Wood and Andrew Collis, the Melbourne Symphony and the Melbourne Chorale. Hamer Hall, tonight. Bookings: 1300 136 166. Musical: Three queens travel from Sydney to Alice Springs by bus and have adventures, good and bad, along the way. The picaresque journey of Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical is accompanied by a disco soundtrack and eye- popping costumes by Tim Chappel and Lizzie Gardiner, writes Deborah Jones. Tony Sheldon as transsexual Bernadette and Michael Caton as her rough- hewn suitor break through the cartoony surface. Regent Theatre. Bookings: 1300 555 593.