It’s been a busy few months – and not only at work (the reason our blog posts have been so sparse lately. Weekends have been nearly devoid of down time. Here’s a quick run-down:

  • Sept 25: Road trip to Syracuse for a shopping excursion
  • Oct 3: Road trip to Toronto for Nuit Blanche (all night celebration of art and public revelry)
  • Oct 11: Road trip to Notre-Dame-de-Laus for Thanksgiving at a rented cottage
  • Oct 16: Awesome Vietnamese Dinner party / Awesome Roger Waters Concert (local)
  • Oct 23: Days of shopping and prepping for Wig party 2010
  • Oct 30: Wig party 2010 and after-party cleaning

I’m not complaining – it’s great to be busy – but it’s nice to just cocoon on the sofa in front of the TV and a roaring fire, too. That still looks to be a couple of weeks away, though, and last weekend was no exception. We headed back to Toronto for another spectacle – And what a spectacle! – Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the Musical.

We joined a gang of our friends, who also traveled from Ottawa specifically for the show – and we made a real night of it!

We started our evening with dinner and cocktails at the Queen Mother Café (Thanks Lex and Ger for the recommendation). We had a wonderful meal, and our waitress was a star. She made certain we were out of the restaurant in time for the show. A short walk from the restaurant and we were at the theatre in plenty of time for the show. And from the opening notes until curtain fell, we were transported to Australia to join three drag queens as they bussed across the outback to the songs of my childhood.

The music was kinda fabulous. Rather than create original numbers for the show, the writers used a string of old pop and disco tunes – basically ensuring a built-in audience that would be able to sing along. They had to swap out ABBA (which features prominently in the movie) for Madonna – most likely because the musical “Mamma Mia!” wouldn’t share the rights – but that didn’t diminish just how fun this production was.

And the fun didn’t stop at the music. The staging was very creative, with lots of visual gags to accompany the hilarious dialogue. The sets were fun and effective. But more than any of that, this show will be remembered for the costumes. They were out-of-this-world, and Junkii and I both drooled over several outfits that would make for fantastic Halloween costumes next year. Better start working on it now though. They were pretty intricate.

The publicity for the show calls it “A Visual Spectacle” and “The Feel-Good show of the year” – none of which is an exaggeration. Wish we could go see it again!

But like all good things, it came to an end. The gang wasn’t ready to pack it in though. We all trotted off to the village for an evening of drinks and dancing – something Junkii and I haven’t done for far too long. We packed it in around 2am, but with the promise not to leave it so long until next time.

Of course, that can wait a few weeks at least – enough time to let us enjoy a quiet evening or two at home. After all, Holiday season is upon us, and we have no doubt that more social obligations are wending their way towards us as this post goes live.

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5 responses »

  1. jandjsmum says:

    Sounds WONDERFUL And I hear there is no down time this weekend either……..Enjoy that!

  2. Awesome! I’ve been waiting to hear how this was 🙂 Looks like a blast!

  3. goatee says:

    It was certainly a blast, wasn’t it? I had a wonderful time!

    By the way, the music was mostly Madonna to suit North American audiences. Apparently, in the UK and Australian stagings, they did many more Kylie Minogue references. Apparently Americans (and Canadians) wouldn’t get them.

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