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'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' sets Broadway closing date

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PRISCILLA QUEEN DESERT
Joan Marcus

Priscilla has finally run out of gas. After 549 performances, the Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert — about two drag queens and a transsexual’s pop music-filled road trip through the Australian outback — will close at the Palace Theatre on Sunday, June 24, producers announced today.

The Tony Award-winning production opened in New York in March 2011 after an acclaimed run in Sydney in 2006 and subsequent openings in Melbourne, New Zealand, London and Toronto. The (no doubt sparkly) silver lining to the close of the Broadway outing is that the first U.S. national tour of Priscilla will launch in Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theatre on January 8, 2013. Yes, the road trip is going on a road trip!

Other recent outgoing musicals include Best Musical Tony nominee Leap of Faith, which played its last performance this past Sunday, and the Nick Jonas-led How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which will retire on May 20.

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