The score of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a mixture of well-known popular songs and its book was written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott.
Co-writer Scott initially realized The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert had all the elements to make a successful musical: Larger than life characters, comedic elements, a heartfelt story, conflict of egos, and lots of room for lavish sets, gorgeous costumes and fantastic music.
Musical numbers includes many pop songs such as Downtown, Thank God I'm a Country Boy, What's Love Got To Do With It?, Shake Your Groove Thing, and MacArthur Park.
The musical is staged around Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a glitzy tour bus packed with talented individuals on their way to Alice Springs, Australia.
Anthony Belrose aka Tick aka Mitzi Del Bra, a drag queen, is on his way to Alice Springs, Australia for a job.
Tick convinces some of his performer friends, showy drag queen Felicia Jollygoodfellow and transsexual woman Bernadette Bassenger, to journey with him to Alice Springs.
The creative team of Scott and Elliott has remained the same throughout the various productions of Priscilla, but the script has been changed to focus on the relationship between Tick and his young son, Benjamin.
Several of the songs of previous productions have been changed to include the pop culture of the show's venue.
Since its move from Australia to the UK and US, songs by Australian artist Kylie Minogue have been replaced by Madonna hits.
The stage musical premiered in Australia in 2006 and has been staged in New Zealand, London's West End, and Toronto.
Its next venue is The Palace in London over the Christmas holidays of 2010 and will debut on Broadway in 2011.
The Palace Theatre in London is a magnificent red-brick building located on the west side of Cambridge Circus.
Originally, the Palace was the home of grand opera productions in the late 19th Century, but by the 1920s stage musicals, like No, No, Nanette and The Gay Divorcee, were its mainstay.
Les Misérables and Jesus Christ Superstar finished their runs in the late 20th Century, moving onto Monty Python's Spamalot, Andrew Lloyd Weber's The Woman in White, and now Priscilla, the Queen of the Desert.