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by BWW News Desk
Troika Entertainment presents the international hit, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical. Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical launches its national tour on January 8 in Minneapolis, MN at the Orpheum Theatre. Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical will star Wade McCollum ("Tick/Mitzi"), Scott Willis ("Bernadette") and BRyan West ("Adam/Felicia") as the trio of friends, on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. Joe Hart stars as "Bob."
With over 500 dazzling 2011 Tony Award-winning costumes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical features a hit parade of over 20 dance-floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "Finally" and "I Will Survive."
For tickets, visit: http://www.priscillaontour.com/
Meet the cast of the tour below!
Wade McCollum (Tick/Mitzi)- Jersey Boys (Chicago/San Fran), Velociraptor of Faith in Triassic Parq the Musical (Off Broadway), Emcee inCabaret (Dallas Theatre Center), Dracula in Steven Dietz's Dracula(GEVA/IRT), Prior in Angels in America(Portland Playhouse), Woody in Toy Story the Musical (Disney/Pixar Workshop), The Narrator in Fly By Night, a new musical (TheatreWorks Palo Alto), Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries, Charlotte in I Am My Own Wife(Portland Center Stage), Hedwig inHedwig and the Angry Inch (Los Angeles Celebration Theatre, Garland Award and LA Critic's Circle Award: Best Actor). TV: Nolan Grigsby in season 2 of Broadway's favorite sitcom: "Submissions Only" www.submissionsonly.com. www.wadesong.com
Scott Willis (Bernadette)- Who would have guessed twenty-six years ago when Scott was backpacking through the Outback of Australia that he would now be making the very same trip to Ayers Rock in a bus named PRISCILLA? Scott has performed in numerous Broadway and National Touring productions including the 30th Anniversary production of Annie as "Rooster Hannigan," Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair, the Tony Award winning Crazy For You, David Merrick's 42nd Street and the 50th Anniversary production of The Fantasticks in New York. Annually, he stars as "Santa Claus" with the Radio City Rockettes in their Christmas Spectacular across America.
BRyan West (Adam/Felicia)- is thrilled to join the Priscilla tour direct from its fabulous Broadway run. Other Broadway credits include Hairspray, Wicked and Legally Blonde. First National Tours of Hairspray andWicked and Wicked's Los Angeles company. Recording artist BMG Records Europe. Love to my family both in New York and across the country. To all the youth out there doubting themselves...It Gets Better! Proud member of Actors Equity.
Joe Hart (Bob)- Original Broadway Companies: Bonnie & Clyde, Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public. National Tours: Annie Get Your Gun, Best Little Whorehouse in Texaswith Alexis Smith, reprising his Aggie role in the film with Dolly Parton. Ovation Award-Best Supporting Actor, Angles of Lemnos; Ovation Nomination-Best Actor, Woman in Black (both Road Theater). Other awarding winning shows: Bouncers (LA Drama Critics Circle), Anything Goes (Ovation),Napoli Milionaria (Ovation). Film, TV, Commercials available IMDB. Proud member of MTG and AEA. Representation Talent House. Heartfelt thanks to David, Josh & Creative Team. Love to Linda, Hudson and Spencer.
Emily Afton (Diva, u/s Marion, Shirley)- Broadway: Hair. 1st National Tours:Hair, I Love a Piano. Regional: Goodspeed, MSMT, Mac-Haydn, APAC. BFA Emerson College. Much gratitude to Dave, Telsey + Co, the creative team, my family, and all my teachers. So thrilled to be spreading the love and joy with this show. Namaste.
Bre Jackson (Diva)- B.F.A. Musical Theatre 2012 University of Michigan. Regional: Muny 2011Legally Blonde, The Little Mermaid(Mersister), Little Shop of Horrors(Chiffon). Go Blue!
Brit West (Diva)- National Tours: Legally Blonde The Musical (Pilar), Nickelodeon'sStorytime Live! Education: B.A. SUNY Purchase College. Infinite thanks to the West Family Mafia, The Mine, and Telsey. Proud member of Actors Equity. www.briterrinwest.yolasite.com.
Taurean Everett (Jimmy, u/s Miss Understanding)- is so proud to be a part of this incredible Priscy cast! Most recent Regional Credits: Legally Blonde (Nikos, Cape Playhouse), Damn Yankees (Paper Mill Playhouse), Curtains (Paper Mill Playhouse), Peter Pan (Paper Mill Playhouse/Cathy Rigby is...). Love and thanks to the Priscilla Team, 4D, The Mine, F&F!!
Nik Alexzander (Miss Understanding, u/s Jimmy)- is so excited about Priscilla being his Equity debut. Recent credits: Jesus Christ Superstar. Other credits include:The Wiz, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, Working and LES MISERABLES. Nik would like to thank Devon Sims, Mommy, Da, Jerrial Young, Dave Secor, Annie Kate and God for his Mercy.
Chelsea Zeno (Cynthia, u/s Divas)- Off-Broadway: 8 Million Protagonists. Regional: Little Shop of Horrors, Spring Awakening. Tour: Nickelodeon'sStorytime Live. Gratitude: The wonderful creative team, Telsey + Co., Gotham Talent, Friends & Family. This is for Aust, Ma and Dad for their undying love and support.
David Koch (Frank, u/s Bernadette, Bob)- NY: Original Broadway casts of Billy Elliot, The Pirate Queen and Jekyll & Hyde; also The Pajama Game andChess. Tours: The Producers (Roger Debris/Franz), Copacabana (Rico),Jerome Robbins' Broadway andJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond. TV: "Showboat" (PBS), and more importantly, "Dance Fever" (WINNER!!!).
Christy Faber (Marion, u/s Divas)- Broadway: LES MISERABLES (revival). Off-Broadway: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Dr. Sex. Regional: Damn Yankees, Mame, The Baker's Wife, Annie, My Way. B.F.A. University of Michigan. Many thanks to H&H, Telsey + Co. and my incredible family and friends. www.christyfaber.com
Travis Taber (Farrah / Young Bernadette)- Broadway National Tour: Mamma Mia(u/s Sky). Off-Broadway: For Lovers Only. Other Favorite rolls include: She Loves Me (George), City of Angels(Stone), and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Man 1/Man 2). Thanks to my awesome family, Ali, and Craig!
Babs Rubenstein (Shirley, u/s Divas)- is excited to join Priscilla! Regional credits: Fat Camp, Little Shop of Horrors, Chicago, Rent, All Shook Up. Babs appears in her monthly critically acclaimed show, We're Having a Dinner Party. Love to my parents, Joe, Carm, and my family. BFA: The Boston Conservatory.
John Capes (Ensemble, u/s Bernadette, Bob, Frank)- London: The Phantom of the Opera; 110 in the Shade; Strike Up The Band; Murderous Instincts. Broadway/US National Tour: LES MISERABLES; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Kiss of the Spider Woman. TV: "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO); "Holby City" (BBC); "History File" (BBC); "Great Performances" (PBS). UCLA, Northwestern, Vienna Conservatory.
Andrew Chappelle (Ensemble, u/s Miss Understanding, Jimmy)- joins Priscilla directly from playing Eddie on Broadway in Mamma Mia!Regional: Annie and Cinderella (NCT),Dreamgirls and West Side Story(WVPT), and Daniel in Once On This Island (CRT). Big Thanks to Craig and Cesar at Telsey + Co. and the awesome creatives. www.AndrewChappelle.com
Shane Davis (Benji)- Regional credit: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other stage credits: Footloose, Bye Bye Birdie, Camp Rock 2 and performed a duo act with his younger brother on Carnival Cruise Lines. TV & Films:Knight of Cups opposite Christian Bale, "Wobworld," "The Amazing Clown Show" and "Future Stars Showcase." Special thanks to God, Delly Fortgang, Susan Swanson, and his loving family.
Alex DeLeo (Ensemble, u/s Adam/Felicia)- is bursting with glitter to be on tour withPriscilla! Credits: Muny, North Shore Music Theatre, BCT, Atlanta's Fox, Carnegie Hall, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, WHS, Pace. Thanks to my family, friends, Avalon Artists, and to my parents for their love and support. AEA.
Amy Hillner (Swing, Assistant Dance Captain,
u/s Divas, Marion, Shirley, Cynthia)- TV: Tracy Turnblad on the "66th Annual Tony Awards." Webseries: "Gigi: Almost American" opposite Josh Gad. Tour:Hairspray. Regional: Footloose, Seussical, Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray (Hollywood Bowl). Love to the fam, and endless thanks to my amazing husband Kevin. I love you mas.
Chris Klink (Ensemble, u/s Tick/Mitzi)- Credits include: The Producers(Broadway/Las Vegas), We Will Rock You (Las Vegas), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1st National), A Chorus Line(Papermill Playhouse), White Christmas (Walnut Street Theatre), It's Superman (Dallas Theatre Center),Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (North Shore Music Theatre). Indiana University Alum, Proud AEA member.
Ralph Meitzler (Swing, Dance Captain, Fight Captain, u/s Tick/Mitzi,
Farrah, Young Bernadette, Frank)- is honored to undertake such a fiiiiiiiiiiierce workload, hazing into thePriscilla Family!! Recently from Broadway's Rock of Ages, Ralph and his "son" Rexy are ecstatic to travel the country together!! Favorites: Sonny (Xanadu), Matthew (Altar Boyz),Wicked in Japan. Love and Appreciation to T, Trish, Dad, and "My Rock!"
Alex Ringler (Ensemble, u/s Adam/Felicia, Farrah,
Young Bernadette)- is excited to kick up his heels withPriscilla! Broadway: West Side Story. Off-Broadway: Icons. Tours: 1st Nat'l A Chorus Line (Greg), West Side Story(Action), CATS (Alonzo). Film: Welcome to New York. Cast, Crew, Creative you're fabulous! Much love to family & friends! www.alexringler.com
Will B. Whitesell (Benji)- is an actor-singer, who loves to make people smile! Will performs for Bully Busters and Hands Off Our Children, and he hopes to help children in the future. The "B" in Will's name stands for "BELIEVE." If you believe you can, you can!!!