REVIEW: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, at Sunderland Empire till Saturday, September 5.

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The wheels fell off the bus last night when Priscilla Queen of the Desert arrived at the Sunderland Empire, but things were soon back on track.

The show centres around three drag queens making their way across Australia in a battered old motorhome - which they name Priscilla - and shortly into the second act the curtain came down for about 20 minutes due to technical difficulties with the vehicle.

MacArthur Park, Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

MacArthur Park, Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

However, the hiccup didn’t seem to phase the audience and the show got a standing ovation.

I have to admit to never watching the hit movie the musical is based on so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was certainly different from anything else I’ve seen.

The all-singing and dancing production is all about excess and there’s nothing done in moderation.

Credit has to go to the costume department who have created the most impressive and vast array of dazzling outfits fit for the queens.

There’s everything from multi-coloured flares to smartie-topped cupcakes and birds and no-one could fail to be stunned.

The story is about three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Felicia, who leave Sydney to head for Alice Springs where Tick has a secret wife and child.

The trio are searching for love and friendship and to find something missing from their lives.

Set to a score of big musical numbers, such as I Will Survive, Go West and Boogie Wonderland, it definitely gets the old toes tapping.

Member of boy band Blue, Duncan James, takes on the role of Tick for this touring production of the musical.

Sunderland is only the second leg of the tour and the singer still seemed a little bit nervous and unsure in the role, but with a great singing voice and a fine six-pack, all is forgiven.

With dozens of theatre and television acting credits to his name, Simon Green is outstanding as Bernadette, and Adam Bailey gives us a lovable Felicia.

The three divas, Lisa-Marie Holmes, Laura Mansell and Catherine Mort, perform brilliantly, spending much of the time suspended on wires and singing their hearts out.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert runs until Saturday, September 5 and tickets are available by visiting