Change the Priscilla Curtain Call!

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a crowd-pleasing Broadway show -- that is, until the very end, when the audience feels a tiny bit kicked in the gut.

See, by all rights, Tony Sheldon, who plays the elder gal, Bernadette, and who's been with the production from day one, should get the last bow.

It would make creative, personal, and ethical sense.

And it would feel good, because Sheldon -- who has as satisfying an arc as the others -- is clearly the audience favorite.

(And I bet he'll be a Tony favorite, too.)

The crowd has bounced along with the giddy, colorful journey to the very end.

And then the American guy who plays the drag queen with the son gets the final curtain call!

That's not right and the audience knows it!

It's not a good idea to have the audience leave feeling some weirdness mixed in with their glee.

Contracts need to be renegotiated immediately.


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14 comments
MSpeer
MSpeer

I agree to some point with Ralph about the show pandering to a non-gay, lowest common denominator, audience. There were, however, some wonderful moments. I say this because Tony Sheldon brings depth and quality to his role that makes him a complete standout. The rest of the cast (either due to talent, script, or directing) cannot even approach the greatness of his performance.

He deserves a Tony--and more starring vehicles.

latenitebump
latenitebump

thank you wrecks read for this candid review!

Chris
Chris

In the London production Tony Sheldon got the last bow even though Jason Donovan was the 'name' they were selling the show on. Don Gallagher who took over from Tony playing Bernadette continues to take the last bow. I don't know why this was changed for the North American productions.

Rottweiler
Rottweiler

Probably another concession to the tourists, just like the three women are on the marquee, not the three drag queens. This way, the guy with the ex wife and son gets the final applause. Yuck.

Rottweiler
Rottweiler

The problem is Will Swenson isn't that good in the role, so the audience feels very cheated.

avh
avh

I have seen the show several times and I think the final bow is PERFECT!! Will Swenson actually has the most difficult role in that his character is the "most conflicted" and that is why his role is less defined than the other two.

Ralph
Ralph

The bow is the least of the issues in what they did to the story. They swamped the ending of the film for the stage, so that now the heterosexual nuclear family wins out and the gay man must leave his past behind, rather than take his son along on the journey of life (as in the film).

This show is a piece of crap and destroyed any ounce of heart, grit and truth that was in the film. I'm gay and even some of my straight friends said, "It's offensive to gay people." All our issues can be cured with a disco song? The film is smart, biting, hilariously funny and self-effacing but maintains integrity.

Melinda9
Melinda9

I haven't seen the play, but Bernadette was definitely the central character in the film and also the most interesting, so it's strange they'd diss her in the Bway production, but Americans are dumb.

wildcat
wildcat

Will Swenson is a Tony nominee and a Broadway veteran. It is only fitting that he should get the final bow.

Diesel
Diesel

A nominee for supporting actor!!!

bjh2114
bjh2114

And Tony Sheldon is a theatre veteran of the world. He has way more experience than Will. Will only has one leading role on Broadway on his resume.

Dan-in-TO
Dan-in-TO

Couldn't agree more. I saw the show in Toronto. And though I thoroughly enjoyed all three leads, Tony Sheldon is the heart and soul of the show. Giving him that final bow would be consistent with the respect he garners from both the other characters and the audience.

Arf
Arf

At least they get separate bows. I hate when there's an obvious star performance and the person has to take an ensemble bow at the end.

Kagemusha
Kagemusha

Agreed! Will Swenson is bit of a weak link (though I like him in Hair) and Tony deserves the final bow.

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