Entertainment & Arts

Priscilla Queen of the Desert finishes on Broadway

Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Image caption The original film version of Priscilla won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design in 1995

The Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert is to close after months of weak ticket sales.

Last week, audiences dipped below 50 per cent, with the show earning £337,221 from a potential £918,731.

The stage adaptation of the award-winning 1994 film will close on June 24 after 23 previews and 526 performances.

With a score of disco-friendly crowd-pleasers, the show follows the story of three drag artists who travel through the Australian outback in a tour bus.

Award success

The production opened in March 2011 and was met with acclaim, winning the Tony award that year for costume design.

In addition, Tony Sheldon, who played leading character Bernadette in the US, Australia, Toronto and London's West End, was nominated for leading actor in a musical.

In the UK, the show enjoyed a three-year run, clocking up more than 1000 performances and winning an Olivier award for best costume design.

Previous cast members have included singer Jason Donovan, Sheldon, Don Gallagher and Home and Away actor Ray Meagher.

The hit Australian film, entitled The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, featured Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp. It won an Oscar for best costume design at the 1995 Academy Awards.