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John Bowe joins the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical, as 'Bob' from 8 March 2010, replacing Clive Carter.
As prevously announced Don Gallagher will also join the cast as 'Bernadette' on 8 March 2010, replacing Tony Sheldon. Jason Donovan (Tick) and Oliver Thornton (Adam) remain with the show.
John Bowe's TV credits include George Marlow in "Prime Suspect", Duggie Ferguson in "Coronation Street" and Dr Morgan in "The Cranford Chronicles". His theatre credits include the UK tour of "Terms of Endearment" and "The Lady from the Sea" for the Almeida Theatre, as well as many productions for the RSC including Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It and Hamlet.
The cast now confirmed from 8 March 2010, includes Jason Donovan (Mitzi/Tick), Don Gallagher (Bernadette), Oliver Thornton (Felicia/Adam), John Bowe (Bob), Portia Emare (Diva), Emma Lindars (Diva), Charlotte Riby (Diva), Newley Aucutt (Miss Understanding), Yvette Robinson (Marion), Steven Cleverley (Farrah and Young Bernadette), Daniele Coombe (Shirley), Tristan Temple (Jimmy), Kanako Nakano (Cynthia), John Brannoch (Frank)
The show opened at the Palace Theatre 23 March 2009, following previews from 10 March to mostly good notices from the popular press: THE EVENING STANDARD says, "I welcome it with open arms and a glad rag-bag of positive adjectives." THE GUARDIAN says, "It is gaudy, garish and loud and seems to be as much about costumes as content." THE TIMES says, "There’s energy, fun, tunefulness and, above all, the most outrageous swirl of costumes that I...have yet encountered." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Wildly entertaining."
The musical, which had its world premiere in Sydney, Australia in October 2006, is written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, based on the 1994 movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
It is directed by Simon Phillips, designed by Brian Thomson, choreography by Ross Coleman, and costumes by Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner.
Drag queen Mitzi, and friends Felicia and Bernadette make their own personal journeys of discovery as they go across Australia from Sydney to the outback, in a battered old bus named Priscilla, to perform their show - singing their way through disco songs.