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The Creative Team

Randall A. Buck, Patrick Bywalski, Rod Gunner
in association with Blue Stage Entertainment and Nullarbor Productions  
in association with MGM On Stage
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Priscilla The Party!

Book by STEPHAN ELLIOTT and ALLAN SCOTT

Additional material by Phil Scott
Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture
distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.

PRODUCERS

RANDALL A. BUCK

Randall A. Buck recently enjoyed his 50th anniversary in ‘the business’, having spent the last 21 years as CEO of the innovative, full-service theatrical production company, Troika Entertainment, and producing/co-producing well over 50 productions around the world, most recently the global production of Phantom Of The Opera. Prior to this, Randy was Vice President of Production and General Manager for LiveEnt in Toronto, managing it’s touring productions including Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Ragtime and Hal Prince’s revival of Showboat! on three continents.

Mr. Buck is now providing services as a global theatrical consultant from his mountain top home in Vermont.

PATRICK BYWALSKI

Co-Chairman of the Robert Stigwood Group, Patrick worked alongside Robert Stigwood for nearly 40 years on a multitude of successful projects, including the movies Gallipoli with Mel Gibson, The Fan with Lauren Bacall and the Evita movie, directed by Alan Parker with Madonna and Antonio Banderas, as well as the Grease and Saturday Night Fever musicals in London, on Broadway, and in over 40 countries.

ROD GUNNER

Former COO at the Robert Stigwood Group, where responsible projects included the Saturday Night Fever and Grease movies, the Jesus Christ Superstar movie & stage production, the Evita stage production and the global management of icons such as The Bee Gees, Eric Clapton and Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber. A highly successful independent producer
and consultant, and founder Board member of the UK’s first national breakfast TV franchise, TVAM, with David Frost, high profile clients include such as HRH Prince Of Wales (now the King); Diana, Princess Of Wales; Rank Entertainment; Walt Disney Attractions; and NFL Europe, amongst many others.


GENERAL MANAGERS

RGM PRODUCTIONS

ERGM Productions are the general managers for Priscilla The Party! In London.
Established in 2012, RGM is an Olivier Award-nominated theatre production company founded by Garry McQuinn.

Garry is the worldwide lead producer of the Broadway and West End hit musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert (the inspiration for Priscilla The Party!), a show that has travelled to 135 cities and 30 countries around the world.  

Tap Dogs, Gumboots and Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake are just some of the other international brands Garry has produced and rolled out across the world’s stages.

For RGM Productions Garry is currently producing the world tour of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show and developing musical versions of She Devil, Puberty Blues, Round The Twist and A Cheery Soul. RGM produced the West End transfers of Songs For Nobodies and The Hunting Of The Snark, and they are the international booker for all first class productions of the West End Hit musical, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.  RGM also book and manage a range of exciting dance shows including Velvet, The Tap Pack, Another Kind of Blue, Tango After Dark and Stories.

RGM has retained the original Priscilla creative team to ensure that Priscilla The Party! delivers the same production value to its audience as the original show, along with new and compelling interactive audience engagement.

MARKETING

JO HUTCHISON

Jo has worked in theatre marketing for over 30 years in London, around the UK and internationally, offering creative marketing solutions for entertainment clients and venues.
She provides the ‘full service’ of a marketing agency, heading up the strategy and budgets and outsources the various disciplines to experts in their fields. Current clients include MAMMA MIA!, Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show and Hampstead Theatre.

She is proud to have compiled a ‘dream team’ for Priscilla The Party! Comprising The Outside Organisation, Sine Digital, JWoo, CMS Media, MADE and N9 Design who together have had the times of their lives on this project.


DIRECTOR

SIMON PHILLIPS

Simon began his career in New Zealand before immigrating to Australia in 1984 to take up a position as lecturer and director at the West Australian Academy for Performing Arts. He was an associate director at the Melbourne Theatre Company from 1987 to 1989 before being appointed Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia from 1990 to 1993. He returned to the Melbourne Theatre Company as Artistic Director from 2000 to 2011, overseeing the design and construction of the company’s new headquarters and the Southbank Theatre.

His directing credits range from new works to contemporary and Shakespearean classics to musicals to opera.  He has directed works by most of the great contemporary writers, as well as the premieres of many works by leading Australian writers, including David Williamson, Hannie Rayson, Stephen Sewell, Matt Cameron and Joanna Murray-Smith.

Simon’s musical credits include Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (which has been performed internationally for the past 16 years including the West End and Broadway), a new Australasian version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies (which was filmed by Universal, has had seasons in Tokyo and Hamburg, and the USA), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Twenty-Fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Urinetown the Musical, Company, The Threepenny Opera, Cabaret, Dream Lover – the Bobby Darin Musical and three adaptations by his wife, Carolyn Burns: High Society (which also toured the UK), Ladies in Black, which won the Helpmann for best new Australian work and Come Rain or Come Shine based on the short story by Kazuo Ishiguro.  His production of Muriel’s Wedding, the Musical recently toured Australia and his new version of Phantom of the Opera was performed on the Sydney Harbour stage.

Simon’s opera credits include The Turk in Italy, L’Elisir d’Amore, Falstaff, La Bohème and Lulu for Opera Australia, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni for Opera New Zealand and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Billy Budd for Hamburg State Opera.

He has received seven Green Room Awards and six Helpmann Awards.


SCENERY AND VIDEO DESIGNER

BRIAN THOMSON

Brian Thomson made his theatre debut in 1971, designing the sets and costumes for Jim Sharman’s productions of As You Like It for the Old Tote Theatre and Hair for producer Harry M. Miller. These were followed by sets for the original Australian and London productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Show, and the enduring cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Since then, he has designed sets for more productions in the Sydney Opera House than any other designer (50 in 50 years) and worked on innumerable productions for all the leading Australian theatre companies and for Sydney Dance Company. He has continued to work on major musical theatre productions here and overseas, including the Broadway production of The King and I, which won him a Tony award in 1996; The Boy from Oz with Hugh Jackman; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; and Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical.

For Opera Australia he has designed Bliss, Billy Budd, Voss, Death in Venice, The Eighth Wonder, Madeline Lee, The King and I, Salome and La Bohème. For Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour credits include La Traviata, Carmen and West Side Story.

He designed the sets for Kylie Minogue’s Intimate and Live Tour and her Goddess floats for the 2012 Sydney Mardi Gras, as well as Dame Edna’s bookend productions: Housewife Superstar!!! (London and North of Broadway 1977) and Dame Edna: Back With A Vengeance! (Broadway, 2004) plus several Farewell Entertainments. He was also the supervising designer for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, the 2001 Centenary of Federation Ceremony, the 2003 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony, and the Closing Ceremony of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, as well as The Harbour Bridge Effect for Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations (2005–2010).

Other movies include Shock Treatment, Starstruck and Frauds.

Recent set design credits include Betty Blokk-Buster (Sydney Festival), Krapp’s Last Tape (The Old Fitz), The Dance of Death (Belvoir), The Turquoise Elephant (Stables), Only Heaven Knows (Hayes), Faith Healer for Belvoir and The Chairs at the Old Fiz.

In 2005 Brian Thomson was awarded an Order of Australia for his contribution to the Arts; in 2017 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sydney Theatre Awards and in 2019 NIDA awarded him an Honorary Master of Fine Arts degree.


JUSTIN NARDELLA


COSTUME DESIGNER

TIM CHAPPELL

In 1995 Tim won an Academy Award, a BAFTA, and an Australian Film Institute award (AFI) for his costume design for the feature film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He later revisited this work in the stage show Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Musical which has been performed worldwide and won the 2011 Tony Award for Best Costume Design in a Musical.

After the success of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Tim spent many years designing for featured films including Today You Die, Lowrecked, Miss Congeniality, Into the Sun, Red Riding Hood, Mo Jave Moon, and Mighty Morphing Power Rangers to name a few. His TV credits include: V.I.P. High Society, and Kathy and Mo, as well as a number of music videos for popular artists such as Miss Elliott, Cher, and Matchbox 20.

After returning to Australia, Tim designed for the encore presentation of The Sapphires, produced by Black Swan Theatre Company and Company B. Tim designed the costumes for PJ Hogan’s latest film Mental, earning him a Best Costume Design nomination for the AACTA awards. He also designed for the 2012 TV series I Will Survive for Channel 10 and Fremantle Media Australia, Channel 9’s Australia’s Got Talent, and Channel 7’s Dancing with the Stars in 2014 and 2015.

Tim’s designs can also be seen on Australia’s celebrities, including Christine Anu for her Rewind show (2012), Casey Donovan for The Deadlys (2012) and Trevor Ashley for Diamonds are for Trevor as part of the 2012 Mardi Gras Festival.

In 2013, Tim designed the costumes for Gypsy directed by Gale Edwards and starring Caroline O’Connor, and co-designed the costumes for The Pirates of Penzance. Tim has continued to design costumes for the 2014 production of Guys and Dolls, directed by Gale Edwards, and the sell-out production of Sweet Charity at the Hayes Theatre.

2015 saw Tim design the costumes for The Production Company’s season of West Side Story, directed by Gale Edwards. In late 2015 Priscilla played in Madrid, the UK, and embarked on its first cruise ship aboard the Norwegian Epic.

Tim won the Broadway world and the Sydney Theatre award for design costumes for Luckiest Productions / Tinderbox Productions’ season of The Little Shop of Horrors.


COSTUME DESIGNER

LIZZY GARDINER

When Lizzy Gardiner accepted her Oscar for Best Costume Design at the 67th Academy Awards, she looked out over the crowd. "I've made it," she thought to her 25-year-old self. Thankfully the moment of shameful self-congratulation lasted about two seconds. Then she remembered she was wearing a dress made out of 254 gold American Express credit cards and she was going to have to spend the rest of the night avoiding PAY-WAVE venues in case she rang up thousands in debt by accidentally standing too close to the till.No, really, it was 1995 and PAY-WAVE wasn't invented yet but Gardiner's reputation as the wildly inventive designer behind “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”, had been. Lizzy also won Best Costume at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Best Costume Design at the Australian Film Institute Awards.

Since then, she has designed international hit films in a variety of genres including comedy, satire, thriller, action, sci-fi, supernatural, superhero, horror, drama, period, and LGBTQIA+ films.

Gardiner's reputation as a talented creative is enhanced by her ability to bring the vision to life through exceptional organization and respectful working relationships. She is meticulous in her script analysis, living and breathing each story and era, as she helps actors find their characters and each production its vision. "I don’t think people are aware how vulnerable an actor is. Trust has to be gained," says Gardiner. "There is never enough time and there are strong opinions coming from every direction. Collaboration is key; it's the ability to hear many ideas and then settle on the right idea (which is not necessarily your own). There is no place for an outsized ego as a costume designer."

Gardiner has received countless accolades for her work including a Tony and an Olivier award for her costumes in Priscilla, the musical, however it's her sense of humor, and willingness to embrace the ridiculous that has won her repeat bookings.

“The recognition from my peers and heroes has gone way beyond any expectations but the film and television industry makes sure you remain grounded."

CHOREOGRAPHER

ANDREW HALLSWORTH

Andrew won the 2018 Helpmann Award for ‘Best Choreography in a Musical’ for the World Premiere season of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical (STC/Global Creatures). He also won the 2015 Helpmann Award for Opera Australia’s Anything Goes and the 2014 Helpmann Award for the Hayes Theatre’s inaugural production of Sweet Charity. Sydney Theatre Critics Awards include Muriel’s Wedding in 2017 and Little Shop of Horrors (Luckiest Productions & Tinderbox Productions) in 2016.

Most recently Andrew choreographed BLOOM for Melbourne Theatre Company, Fun Home for Sydney Theatre Company and Merrily We Roll Along for Luckiest Productions/Hayes Theatre Co. Theatre credits also include Kiss of the Spider Woman (Melbourne Theatre Company). Assassins (Hayes Theatre Co), Dream Lover (John Frost & Gilbert Theatrical), Sydney Opera House - The Opera and Two Weddings One Bride (Opera Australia), Ladies in Black (QTC/MTC) Rupert (Daniel Sparrow Productions), Dream Song, Shane Warne the Musical (concert), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and the World Premiere musical An Officer and A Gentleman (GFO). For Melbourne Theatre Company he has choreographed Shakespeare in Love, Twelfth Night, Rupert which toured to the Kennedy Center in Washington, Private Lives, Egg. Hamlet, Next to Normal, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Andrew co-choreographed the international production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert for Broadway and its other worldwide seasons including the recent 2018 10th anniversary Australian celebration tour.

Andrew co-directed The Producers and Anything Goes for The Production Company and was the Resident Director for Shout! The Legend of the Wild One and Fiddler on the Roof.

Also, for The Production Company, Andrew has choreographed Jerry’s Girls, La Cage Aux Folles, The Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy, The Boy from Oz, Carousel, Mame and The Boy Friend. He co-choreographed The Music Man and Bye Bye Birdie. Other credits include: the original Australian production of Eurobeat – Almost Eurovision, which was revived for the Edinburgh Festival, West End and UK tour. Menopause – the Musical, Leader of the Pack – The Ellie Musical (Betty Pounder Green Room Award winner for Best Choreography), Sideshow Alley, The Merry Widow for Melbourne City Opera, Wombat Stew and Prodigal. Live and cabaret shows include Doris Day-So Much More Than the Girl Next Door, Britney Spears the Cabaret, Newley Discovered, Todd McKenney-Songs and Stories of Peter Allen and Cry Me A River-The World of Julie London.

Andrew's television credits include the 2023 Logie Awards, Australian series of So You Think You Can Dance, Indigeridoo and Ja'ime's Assembly Routine on the cult TV show We Can Be Heroes, Dead Gorgeous for ABC/BBC TV, The Librarians for the ABC and Mr and Mrs Murder for Fremantle Media (TEN).


MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS, DIRECTION, SUPERVISION & ORCHESTRATIONS

STEPHEN ‘SPUD’ MURPHY

Spud began his musical training in the country town of Lithgow at the age of 6 under the tuition of the Josephite nuns. He and his bruised knuckles survived the experience, and he moved to Sydney in 1969 to continue his tuition at the Conservatorium of Music.

After his training, Spud began writing arrangements for local artists and soon found himself working with international legends as diverse as Marlene Dietrich and Slim Whitman. He entered the music theatre world in the 1970s as Assistant Musical Director of Godspell. He moved to London’s West End to work on various productions and returned to Australia in the 1980s as assistant musical director of Evita. He later joined Channel 10 as a Musical Director then moved to the Nine Network as Musical Director of In Sydney Today with Ernie Sigley and Denise Drysdale. Spud returned to theatre as Musical Director of Reg Livermore’s Firing Squad and later as co-composer of Reg’s production of Big Sister.

He continued working in various Australian theatre productions such as Buddy and was recently one of the orchestrators of Shout. In 2006 Spud was Musical Director and arranger for Dusty, and subsequently received the 2006 Helpmann Award for Best Musical Direction. He also returned to television as musical director of Starstruck for the Nine Network, and was music consultant for the Australian film Thunderstruck. He has received a Mo award and an award from Rotary for his contributions to the Australian music industry.

Spud is an avid supporter of the future of the Australian music industry and has recently dedicated his time to nurturing new talent. He is an artistic director of Sydney’s CaSPA (Catholic Performing Arts), and is also a lecturer at The Australian Institute of Music.


MUSIC DIRECTOR

STEVE GEERE

Steve started the piano at four years of age as he was fortunate to have been born into a very musical family. Before he was a teenager he discovered his love of performing whilst earning his pocket money playing in his dad’s bands in pubs and working man’s clubs up and down the country. This is where he cut his teeth playing all sorts of music from the Beatles and Elvis Presley to Dire Straits and Stevie Wonder. From 18, he studied at Reading University where he received an honours degree in composition. Since graduating he has worked in many facets of the music industry but he has spent the majority of his time in the pop/rock music and musical theatre genres.

Steve was Musical Director and keyboard player for Lisa Stansfield for just shy of a decade in the noughties, during which time his work encompassed three extensive European tours, numerous corporate gigs and a full gamut of festivals all over the world including two headline performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival. He has also played live with Lisa on many T.V. and Radio broadcasts including Woman’s Hour (BBC Radio 4), Capital Radio, Steve Wright in the afternoon (BBC Radio 2), Parkinson and Top of the Pops! to name but a few.

Other artists Steve has worked with as Musical Director and/or keyboard player are as varied as Shania Twain, Matt Lucas, Peter Andre, Tommy Steele, Vincent and Flavia from Strictly Come Dancing, Brian May, The Real Thing, Jason Donovan, Gary Barlow and Neil from the Young Ones.... Steve’s West End musical theatre credit highlights include: Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Musical Director), Rock of Ages (Associate Musical Director), Viva Forever! (Associate Musical Director), Bat out of Hell, Beautiful, Miss Saigon, Let it Be, School of Rock, The Bodyguard, Thriller Live!, Scrooge, Jersey Boys, Shrek, Ghost, Wicked, Footloose, Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat, Daddy Cool, Whistle Down The Wind, The Lord of the Rings, Grease, Evita and We Will Rock You.

His touring theatre work: The Last Tango (Musical Director), Rock and Roll Heaven (Musical Director), The Greatest Rock Tour of Them All (Musical Director), The Lion King, Witches of Eastwick, The Wedding Singer, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kinky Boots, Annie, The Wedding Singer, Saturday Night Fever (Germany, U.K and Far East tours), Cats (U.K Tour and Germany), Starlight Express (U.K. tour and Germany), Cabaret (Germany) and Les Miserables (Germany).

Recording work includes: Strictly Come Dancing (U.K. tour and Live DVD), Scrooge the Musical (original West End cast recording), Heli Schneider – New Statements (Blacklisted Records, Hamburg) and a wealth of TV appearances across many genres and channels.

Like all musicians, Covid finally forced Steve to have some well-earned time off and thus afforded him the opportunity to get back to his first true love....composition. He is now halfway through writing his first album and continues to perform on stages all over the world.

Steve is delighted to be returning as MD of Priscilla and can’t wait to get the party started!


LIGHTING DESIGNER

PER HORDING

Per Hörding is based in Stockholm, Sweden. He works both locally and abroad with theatre, musicals, dance, concerts, tours, television and events. He is a recipient of the Broadwayworld South Africa Award, and has been nominated for the Fleur du Cap Theatre Award and an Offie Award for Best Lighting Design.

Selected credits:
Waitress musical in Norrköping and Linköping 2023, 2:22 A Ghost Story in Stockholm 2023, Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fashion Freak Show in Germany, Japan and London UK 2019-2023, Chicago musical Stockholm 2022, NOICE rock musical Stockholm 2021, Forever Piaf musical Stockholm 2021, She Loves Me musical Jönköping 2021, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert Stockholm, South Africa and onboard the cruise ship Norwegian Epic 2013-2017, Murder Ballad musical Stockholm 2016, Hedwig And The Angry Inch musical Stockholm 2016, Drowsy Chaperone musical Stockholm 2015.

You can learn more at www.perhording.com.

PRODUCERS

DIRECTion

Set and Video Design

COSTUME DESIGN

CHOREOGRAPHy

MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS and ORCHESTRATIONS

MUSICal arrangements, supervision and DIRECTion

LIGHTING DESIGN

CAsting

General Managers

MArketing

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