Win tick­ets to see Priscilla on stage

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - STEFF REPORTER

Elab­o­rate cos­tumes, dance floor an­thems and a gi­ant pink bus are about to hit Auck­land.

Pre­sented by Lunch­box The­atri­cal Pro­duc­tions and Nul­la­bor Pro­duc­tions, Priscilla - Queen of the Desert opens at The Civic this Oc­to­ber and is filled with dance hits like It’s Rain­ing Men, I Love the Nightlife, and Boo­gie Won­der­land.

The Auck­land City Har­bour News is giv­ing away two tick­ets to the open­ing night of the hit mu­si­cal on Oc­to­ber 14.

The core cast is made up of Home and Away ac­tor Ray Meagher as Bob the me­chanic, An­dre Torquato as Adam/Feli­cia, Si­mon Green as Ber­nadette and Bryan Buscher-West as Tick/ Mitzi. Win­ners will also be in­vited to a spe­cial Priscilla birth­day celebration af­ter­noon tea at The Civic at 2.30pm on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 7 with spe­cial guest star Ray Meagher (aka Alf Stewart from Home & Away).

The ma­jor­ity of the cast is made up of per­form­ers from its United King­dom tour.

‘‘Ber­nadette is un­doubt­edly one of the best roles I have ever had,’’ Green says. ’’She has the best lines and the fun­ni­est, sad­dest, loneli­est mo­ments and she gets the best cos­tumes.’’

‘‘I’m thrilled to be rid­ing the pink bus one more time, now in beau­ti­ful New Zealand,’’ Torquato says.

Adapted from a 1994 film, Priscilla fol­lows two drag queens and a trans woman mak­ing their way from Syd­ney to Alice Springs in a pink bus to per­form a drag show.

Au­di­ences can ex­pect more than 500 ou­tra­geous cos­tumes, 200 head­dresses and a 10 me­tre cus­tomised pink bus when it lands in Auck­land. The show pre­miered in Aus­tralia in 2006, be­fore mak­ing its way to New Zealand in 2008 and even­tu­ally to West End and Broad­way. It sold 100,000 tick­ets when it was last here and pro­ducer Garry McQuinn says New Zealand au­di­ences were a high­light of that tour.

‘‘A decade later in 2016 our pink bus will re­turn. She’s done a few kilo­me­tres since then, hav­ing been around the world a num­ber of times,’’ McQuinn says.

Priscilla runs from Oc­to­ber 14 to Novem­ber 6 at The Civic. Visit the Auck­land City Har­bour News Face­book page and com­ment on the Priscilla post to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion. Win­ners will be an­nounced on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 3.

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