Stevens on Shows Column: Queen of the Desert is Stayin’ Alive

Nancy Stevens previews the campest show on stage, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and the 70s disco sensation, Saturday Night Fever…

Take one of my favourite Aussie movies, turn it into a West End extravaganza with a sequinned-encrusted plot exploring issues of sex, gender, love and ageing – and originally starring 80s icon, Jason Donovan who is now the Producer – and what do you have?

The campest show you’ll ever see – Priscilla Queen of the Desert! Yay!

Starring Strictly winner Joe McFadden, Priscilla is the hilarious, heart-warming adventure of three friends who board a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime.

En route there’s plenty of time for self-discovery, the celebration of diversity and an understanding of human nature. With more glitter and sassiness than ever before, this hit show features dazzling costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dancefloor classics such as It’s Raining Men!

It’s gonna be Hot Stuff at MK Theatre from 30th September to 5th October!

Next, I have a confession to make… I’ve never seen Saturday Night Fever, the film that made a star of John Travolta.

But I plan to redress this by seeing Bill Kenwright’s re-imagined and revitalised stage version at MK Theatre from 15th to 19th October. Night Fever delivers new music, choreography and a hot new working class hero!

Richard Winsor, former principal dancer with Matthew Bourne, stars as Tony Manero, a clerk whose job suffocates him. Tony lives for Saturdays when he and his friends dance the night away at the local disco.

When the opportunity to enter a dance competition arises, Tony persuades the beautiful Stephanie to be his partner. But, whilst training, they also start to fall for each other.

And while this is a fresh take on the ultimate disco musical, the score still features the truly iconic Bee Gees hits with the addition of a few more 70s favourites to keep you throwing shapes in the aisles.

Listen to Nancy Stevens on Secklow Sounds 105.5FM on Sunday nights from 6pm-8pm. Follow Nancy on Instagram @_nancymk_ & Twitter @NancyStevensMK

This feature was published in the October 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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