Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Back in the Bus and Back on the Road

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Back in the Bus and Back on the Road

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert returns to the stage in manchester next week... with a new star in the main role

THEY'RE fabulously flamboyant and terrifically talented - and now, the three friends Tick, Bernadette and Adam are back in the bus and back on the road for a journey of self-discovery and sassiness.

Yes, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert is back.

Starring Strictly winner Joe McFadden as Tick/Mitzi, this new production brings the tale told in the 1994 smash hit film to the stage, and sprinkles a little musical magic over the whole affair for good measure - dancefloor classics like It's Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife and Finally all make an appearance.

McFadden is joined by Laurence Olivier Award-winner Miles Western as Bernadette and Nick Hayes as Adam/Felicia. Also featuring are Daniel Fletcher (Bob), Miranda Wilford (Marion), Kevin Yates (Miss Understanding) and Jacqui Sanchez (Cynthia). The Divas will be played by Nikki Bentley, Claudia Kariuki and Rosie Glossop.

But where's Jason Donovan, you might ask? He's tackled the role of Tick/Mitzi many times before, touring the UK twice and starring in the original West End run back in 2009.

Well, he's still involved, only this time as a first-time producer, in partnership with co-producer Mark Goucher.

"I'm not going to lie to you," Jason said, "the general management of the piece is with Mark's team.

"But I'm a producer that's raised money for it, that's been involved with marketing meetings each week, and that's been involved in the casting and signing off with the set.

"In the same way that it's not unusual to see Michael Ball produce a version of Hairspray or see Brad Pitt working to produce films, it's not unusual to see actors who've got to a certain place in their career do what I'm doing now with Priscilla."

A decade on from its debut in London, and a full quarter of a century since the film came out, why does Jason think it resonates so much to this day? …

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