Video podcast: "Priscilla" opening night is also Drag Night in Denver

by John Moore | Sep 03, 2013

Sept. 3 wasn't just opening night of the national touring production of "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" at the Buell Theatre. It was also Drag Night, with many of Denver's top entertainers in attendance, bringing both vibrant color and the same air of freedom and tolerance the popular film, and now the stage musical, both espouse. Audience members stopped several of Denver's Drag Queens in the lobby, asking for everything from photos to make-up tips to advice on how to talk to loved ones. One Denver Drag Queen said afterward she never felt more validated as an entertainer than she did chatting with the friendly, curious "Priscilla" audiences. Interview subjects include actor Scott Willis, who plays Bernadette in the show; Denver drag icons Shirley Delta Blow and Shanida Lawya; Denver Cycle Sluts LaTexa D'Vynal, Rolanda Flor and Phillis Baskit; and burlesque performers Vivienne Va Voom, La Petite Mort and Joey Smith. "Priscilla" played through Sept. 15. Video by John Moore.

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Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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