Seat Filler: NYC Theater Guide for March 2011
BY Brandon Voss
April 07 2011 3:25 PM ET
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Adapted from the 1994 film about a trans woman and two drag queens busing across the Australian outback, this infectious jukebox musical will wipe the puss off any face. The relationship between Will Swenson’s Tick/Mitzi and his son has beefed up on the road to Broadway, but it never detracts from the shameless flamboyance of Tony Sheldon’s Bernadette, Nick Adams as Adam/Felicia, and a birdcage of hot boys in terrific costumes.
Palace Theatre, open-ended.
The Book of Mormon
As smartly crafted as it is crass, this show from South Park’s creators about mismatched Mormon missionaries in Uganda almost lives up to the buzz that heralds it as a musical messiah. Making a gold plate — Mormon joke! — out of a modest meal, Broadway Impact cofounder Rory O’Malley is glorious as Elder McKinley, a closeted missionary who leads a pink-sequined chorus in a showstopper about urge-squelching, “Turn It Off.”
Eugene O’Neill Theatre, open-ended.