‘Priscilla’ sets Toronto debut

Musical part of Mirvish subscription series

The tuner version of “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” is riding into Toronto in fall ‘09, making its North American preem in a run that seems a likely precursor to a go at Broadway.

A hit in Oz, “Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical” will be a part of the 2009-10 season of Toronto’s Mirvish subscription series, according to producer David Mirvish. No theater has yet been confirmed.

“Priscilla” has taken in $90 million at the Aussie box office since its 2006 preem in Sydney. A West End version is already slated for March, with a Swedish staging on the horizon for 2010.

The musical seems to be following an international path similar to that of another pic-to-tuner offering, “Dirty Dancing,” which also bowed abroad before heading to Toronto. The Canuck engagement of “Dirty Dancing” is still playing, while a U.S. incarnation is having a pre-Broadway run in Chicago.

Based on the 1994 pic that starred Terence Stamp, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving, the “Priscilla” musical score comprises disco hits including “I Will Survive,” “Don’t Leave Me This Way” and “Shake Your Groove Thing.”

Stephan Elliot, who penned and helmed the movie, co-wrote the tuner’s book with Allan Scott. Simon Phillips directs, with choreography by Ross Coleman. Plot centers on three drag performers who take the titular bus on a road trip across Oz.

Casting for the Toronto production commences immediately.

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