Licensing Company: TRW
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Based on the Oscar-winning movie, Priscilla is the heart-warming, uplifting story of three friends who embark on an adventure in a battered old bus and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamt of – love, friendship, and acceptance.
This licensed orchestration is an amalgamation of several professional productions after Broadway including the US & UK National Tours. The main difference is that these first class productions used click tracks and sweetening tracks while the licensed versions do not utilize them.
This show is orchestrated to be conducted from the Keyboard 1/Piano-Conductor Book. There is also a Keyboard 2 book and both books have programming.
Keyboard 1 is the primary piano book and although there is programming, it just consists of a couple of additional patches. Those are Fender Rhodes as well as a couple of additional acoustic piano sounds such as Honky Tonk piano and Rock piano. This is a fairly straight forward book and since most of the songs are pretty well known, you will need a good player who is familiar with the tunes and can play pop/rock theater grooves while leading the band.
Keyboard 2 has much more programming and adds a lot of padding to the live musicians. Among the sounds in this book are strings, B3 Hammond, mallet percussion, synth elements (pads, leads, polysynths, brass, percussion, choir), harp, french horn, accordion, as well as some triggered SFX and harmonica among others. This book could be played by an advanced level high school student who is comfortable with the programming.
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
Book by: Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Based on the motion picture by: Latent Image/Specific Films
Film Distributed by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Musical Director: Jeffrey Klitz
Music orchestrated by: Stephen “Spud” Murphy and Charlie Hull
Music arranged by: Stephen “Spud” Murphy
Orchestrations for ‘Like a Prayer’ and ‘Material Girl’ by: Steve Orich
Musical Supervisor: Stephen “Spud” Murphy
Original 2011 Broadway Orchestra
Conducted by: Jeffrey Klitz
Associate Conductor: Jeff Marder
Keyboard 1: Jeffrey Klitz
Keyboard 2: Jeff Marder
Woodwinds: David Mann
Guitar: Ed Hamilton
Trumpet: Barry Danielian
Trombone: Michael Davis
Bass: Luico Hopper
Drums: Warren Odze
Percussion: Roger Squitero
Musical Coordinator: John Miller
Music Copying: Martine Monroe
Based on the smash-hit movie, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever imagined. With a dazzling array of outrageous Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Hot Stuff,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Go West,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “I Love The Nightlife,” this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!