'Queen' bows in Gotham
It was Aussies, drag queens and ping pong at Sunday’s opening night party for “Priscilla Queen of the Desert.”Pier 60 was fitted out like the Alice Springs casino that is the destination of the tuner’s trio of female impersonators, and seemingly everyone had a boa, an accessory that was deemed, in the words of one partygoer, “like snap-on gay.” For star Tony Sheldon, this makes opening night No. 7 in his long attachment to the show. Turns out the night’s crowd of legiters was tough to win over at first. As he put it to one of the tuner’s producers, “I said to Bette Midler, ‘God, it was a tough room at the start.’ But we had you by the second act.”
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