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ON THE ROAD AGAIN!

All dragged up, Mitzi, Bernadette and Felicia have fired up the Priscilla bus for a brand new production of the famous musical opening around Australia this year. Andrew Creagh caught up with the legendary showgirls (and the men who play them) during reherasals.

TONY SHELDON (BERNADETTE)

DNA: You’ve played Bernadette on stage around the world including on the West End and on Broadway; is it a challenge for an actor when you get passed 1,750 performances, as you have?

Tony Sheldon: I think it’s a challenge when you get past 50 performances! Actors can go a little crazy during a very long run. I heard a story about Carol Channing doing her umpteenth revival of Hello Dolly and one night an actor came onstage without his gloves. Carol was so thrown I’m told she completely froze as if the key had been pulled out of her back. I’ve not been terribly good at keeping fresh during a long run in the past but I think I’ve mastered the art of performance maintenance on Priscilla.

What’s the key to understanding Bernadette?

She’s a transgender pioneer who has always lived life on her own terms. She’s an old school entertainer who has tasted stardom but accepts that her glory days are long gone. Nonetheless, she demands courtesy and respect –and more than a modicum of luxury.

Does coming from a showbiz family help when slipping into “showgirl” mode?

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