Stephan Elliott’s 1994 “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” followed a trio of drag troupe members across Australia — winning an Oscar, a Tony, and the GLAAD award along the way. Now, the glitzy, sing-along-ready stage production has arrived for a 10-performance run at the Shubert Theater, by way of Fiddlehead Theatre Company. We chat with artistic directors Meg Fofonoff and Stacey Stephens, who discuss the story’s legacy, its importance in modern times and how they make their partnership work.
You guys just came off doing “Show Boat”; how did you transition into a show like “Priscilla”?
Stacey Stephens: As a company, we try to look for diverse pieces to present to the public, and this was the furthest we could go from “Show Boat.” [Laughs] First of all, it came up really quickly. We closed “Show Boat” in July, and it wasn’t until we crunched the days that we realized how quick the in-between is. To go from “Show Boat” with a cast of 50 with more than 300 costumes and a boat, to a cast of 50 and somehow more costumes, more wigs, more shoes…
Meg Fofonoff: More makeup!
Stephens: And a bigger set, and a bus.
Fofonoff: It’s been quite the journey, but it’s an amazing show. We’re a little tired right now, but it’s a Herculean effort.