Priscilla Queen of the Party

Leo Valdez is Mitzi. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Leo Valdez is Mitzi. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

Unlike other musicals or theatrical performances, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL did not have a standing ovation on opening night. Instead what they had was even better, a dancing ovation where audience members were boogying in the aisles to Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”, the Village People’s “Go West”, Alicia Bridges’s “I Love The Nightlife”, Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”, Dionne Warwick’s “I Say A Little Prayer”.

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sel Yulo, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Walang Tulugan’s German Moreno and John Nite. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Sel Yulo, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Walang Tulugan’s German Moreno and John Nite. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The disco beat is irresistible in any generation; the flamboyant and colorful clothes all make it easy to party. The ecstatic mood spilled over to the atrium of Resort’s World Manila where the post party was held. People dining in Mr. Kurosawa, Johnny Chow, Crisostomo, Tao Yuan Restaurant, Murray’s New Orleans Fine Steaks And Ribs and Beurre Blanc were craning their necks trying to see what the fuss was about.

foreground: Jon Santos (Bernadette) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Jon Santos (Bernadette) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The FLINSTONES is a rocking retro band. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The FLINSTONES is a rocking retro band. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Retro band The FLINTSTONES played the same party hits from 70s and 80s. The long lines going in REPUBLIQ and OPUS were treated to a dance floor right in the middle of the atrium. For once the action was outside these hot nightspots. The people inside Ginzadon Japanese & Korean Restaurant, Parmigiana Italian Kitchen, Krazy Garlik, Passion, Cafe Republiq, Passion Chinese Restaurant, Red Crab Alimango House and Starbucks Coffee couldn’t resist joining in.

The Party was not just inside REPUBLIQ and OPUS but also at the Atrium. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Party was not just inside REPUBLIQ and OPUS but also at the Atrium. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes was mistook for a cast member because of her afro and 70’s look. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes was mistook for a cast member because of her afro and 70’s look. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes was one of many celebrity faces that attended opening night. She was also in 70’s fashion and could have been part of the cast. In an interview with NEWS CAFÉ host Mitzi Borromeo she said, “I look like I’m part of the production! I came in late they thought I would walk to my seat and go straight to the stage! I could have I loved it. Wonderful it was such an entertaining production.”

from right: News Café Host Mitzi of SOLAR News and PDI Columnist Tessa Prieto Valdes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: News Café Host Mitzi of SOLAR News and PDI Columnist Tessa Prieto Valdes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of Café REPUBLIQ A fan takes Android pic w Jeff Flores. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of Café REPUBLIQ A fan takes Android pic w Jeff Flores. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Tessa noticed the shift in themes from previous RWM shows, “It’s so edgy and different from all the other fairy tales, musical. Its wonderful they’ve gone to this edgy side of entertainment. It was so warmly received. The audience was so involved, engaging and game.  In the end people were just dancing. It’s such a feel good production”

from left: Pinky Marquez, Micah Muñoz and Cara Barredo. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Pinky Marquez, Micah Muñoz and Cara Barredo. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Priscilla the Bus changes colors foreground: Lani Ligot (Diva)Red Concepcion (Felicia), Jon Santos (Bernadette) and Leo Valdez (Mitzi). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Priscilla the Bus changes colors foreground: Lani Ligot (Diva)Red Concepcion (Felicia), Jon Santos (Bernadette) and Leo Valdez (Mitzi). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: RWM Dir. for Sponsorship Anna Chua shoots selfie with Pinky Amador and Red Concepcion (Felicia) THEN parties! PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Center: RWM Dir. for Sponsorship Anna Chua shoots selfie with Pinky Amador and Red Concepcion (Felicia) THEN parties! PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

When asked if the local market was ready for Priscilla, Tessa said, “I think it’s the right time. The gay world is welcome in the Philippines. It has nothing to do with a gender thing. It’s about family and engaging people in different lifestyles. I just love that people are expressing themselves in costumes. I was asking myself before I got here, what afro color should I wear?  All of them they just jumped out of my closet! I have that color and that wig too!”

foreground from left: Red Concepcion (Felicia), Leo Valdez (Mitzi), Jon Santos (Bernadette) and Noel Rayos (fake Aborigines) dance to entertain tourists in the Outback. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from left: Red Concepcion (Felicia), Leo Valdez (Mitzi), Jon Santos (Bernadette) and Noel Rayos (fake Aborigines) dance to entertain tourists in the Outback. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Red Concepcion (Felicia) and Tessa Prieto Valdes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Red Concepcion (Felicia) and Tessa Prieto Valdes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Jon Santos (Bernadette), RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun and Phil BIO Founder Samuel West Stewart. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Jon Santos (Bernadette), RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun and Phil BIO Founder Samuel West Stewart. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr was also able to share why they chose Priscilla, “We wanted to make a change. We’ve done all the Roger’s and Hammerstein. We didn’t want to be identified with just one theme, Sound of Music, Cinderella. We wanted something radically different, modern, catchy songs but still everyone knew. There’s tangibility. There’s still that connectivity with people. Of course I’m a Priscilla fan. Our artistic director Menchu Lauchengco Yulo talked about it and it just grew. Everyone came on board.”

Cast seated from left: Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, OJ Mariano, Victor Bernardino Sy, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Red Concepcion, Dindo Divinagracia, Jonathan Santos Cast standing from left: Noel Rayos, Henry Strzalkowski, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Nuestro, Jill Peña, Mako Alonso, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Timmy Canlas, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Michael Stuart Williams, RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Nullabor Productions Managing Dir Garry McQuinn. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast seated from left: Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, OJ Mariano, Victor Bernardino Sy, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Red Concepcion, Dindo Divinagracia, Jonathan Santos
Cast standing from left: Noel Rayos, Henry Strzalkowski, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Nuestro, Jill Peña, Mako Alonso, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Timmy Canlas, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Michael Stuart Williams, RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Nullabor Productions Managing Dir Garry McQuinn. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

right pic: Cara Barredo and Red Nuestro. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

right pic: Cara Barredo and Red Nuestro. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast members had impromptu performances with the FLINTSTONES. Red Nuestro had a powerful rendition of September by Earth Wind and Fire. The whole cast was such natural singers that most of them have their own groups and individual gigs. Timmy Canlas and Jasmine Fitzgerald for example have a new duo SINGING SENSATIONS. Their former group TRIA performed regularly at Bar 360 also in Resort’s World Manila. Bituin Escalante, Jon Santos, Leo Valdez and many more in the cast are powerful solo musicians with countless concerts and shows to their credit.

Cast members from left: Timmy Canlas and Jasmine Gitzgerald are also the duo SINGING SENSATIONS that perform in BAR 360 at Resort’s World Manila. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast members from left: Timmy Canlas and Jasmine Gitzgerald are also the duo SINGING SENSATIONS that perform in BAR 360 at Resort’s World Manila. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The list of cast members include: Bituin Escalante , Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Noel Rayos, Inday Echevarria, OJ Mariano, Henry Strzalkowski, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Concepcion, Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, Wendell John Frando, Jonathan Santos, Mako Alonso, Jill Peña, Guido P. Gatmaytan, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Michael Stuart Williams, Cara Barredo, Ring Antonio, Timmy Canlas, Red Nuestro, Chesko Rodriguez, Lani Mabilangan Ligot, Victor Bernardino Sy, Pinky Marquez Cancio, Jeri David, Dindo Divinagracia, Niel Murat and Leo Tavarro Valdez.

Cast seated from left: Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, OJ Mariano, Victor Bernardino Sy, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Red Concepcion, Dindo Divinagracia, Jonathan Santos, Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse, RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Broadway Asia Mgr Intl Licensing & Touring Damon G. Brooks and RWM President Kingson Sian. Cast standing from left: Henry Strzalkowski, Noel Rayos, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Nuestro, Jill Peña, Mako Alonso, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Timmy Canlas, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Michael Stuart Williams, RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Nullabor Productions Managing Dir Garry McQuinn, Leo Tavarro Valdez, Jaime Del Mundo, Pinky Marquez Cancio, Inday Echevarria, Wendell John Frando, Bituin Escalante  and Nancy Crowe. [NOT in photo: Guido P. Gatmaytan, Cara Barredo, Ring Antonio, Chesko Rodriguez, Lani Mabilangan Ligot, Jeri David and Niel Murat.] PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast seated from left: Jeffrey Flores, Warren David Saga, OJ Mariano, Victor Bernardino Sy, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Red Concepcion, Dindo Divinagracia, Jonathan Santos, Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse, RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Broadway Asia Mgr Intl Licensing & Touring Damon G. Brooks and RWM President Kingson Sian.
Cast standing from left: Henry Strzalkowski, Noel Rayos, Raymund Concepcion II, Red Nuestro, Jill Peña, Mako Alonso, Jasmine Fitzgerald, Timmy Canlas, Menchu Lauchengco Yulo, Michael Stuart Williams, RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, Nullabor Productions Managing Dir Garry McQuinn, Leo Tavarro Valdez, Jaime Del Mundo, Pinky Marquez Cancio, Inday Echevarria, Wendell John Frando, Bituin Escalante and Nancy Crowe. [NOT in photo: Guido P. Gatmaytan, Cara Barredo, Ring Antonio, Chesko Rodriguez, Lani Mabilangan Ligot, Jeri David and Niel Murat.] PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Exec sings impromptu I WILL SURVIVE as Red Concepcion does a lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Exec sings impromptu I WILL SURVIVE as Red Concepcion does a lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Impromptu performance by RWM Exec who sang I WILL SURVIVE with Red Concepcion’s lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Impromptu performance by RWM Exec who sang I WILL SURVIVE with Red Concepcion’s lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Just when things were winding down a talented singer grabbed the mic but not from the ranks of the cast but RWM execs. When she sang an emotional I WILL SURVIVE by Glroia Gaynor it prompted Red Concepcion to join her on stage to shake it. NOT to be out done Jon Santos went into a very special swing dance sequence with cast member Dindo Divinagracia. The complex yet impromptu choreography included Jon rolling on the floor seemingly remote controlled by Dindo’s gestures.

RWM Exec sings impromptu I WILL SURVIVE as Red Concepcion does a lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

RWM Exec sings impromptu I WILL SURVIVE as Red Concepcion does a lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dindo gestures towards and away as Jon rolls on the ground… then a dip. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dindo gestures towards and away as Jon rolls on the ground… then a dip. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos receive much-deserved applause. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos receive much-deserved applause. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

When Mitzi Borromeo asked Tessa which part of Priscilla was her favorite she replied, “I love everything. But I loved that scene where they had those gigantic afros and neon colors. Each of them had their own entourage. I’m gonna have myself and my entourage and come in party and show them how to rock Priscilla style!”

Red Concepcion (Felicia) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Red Concepcion (Felicia) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes and RWM Pres. Kingson Sian. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto Valdes and RWM Pres. Kingson Sian. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from right: Red Concepcion (Felicia), Jon Santos (Bernadette), Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Noel Rayos (fake Aborigines) dance to entertain tourists in the Outback. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground from right: Red Concepcion (Felicia), Jon Santos (Bernadette), Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Noel Rayos (fake Aborigines) dance to entertain tourists in the Outback. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Alissa Martinez and Liezl Martinez. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dr. Vivian Sarabia, Alissa Martinez and Liezl Martinez. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reg Claravall hugs Leo Valdez. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reg Claravall hugs Leo Valdez. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mako Alonso & Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mako Alonso & Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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OJ Mariano shoots selfie with cast and friends. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

OJ Mariano shoots selfie with cast and friends. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Neil Murat lifts Japs Camantigue Treopaldo in the air and shocks cast mates—like a HANGOVER moment. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Neil Murat lifts Japs Camantigue Treopaldo in the air and shocks cast mates—like a HANGOVER moment. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japs didn’t realize she could extend her foot that high. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Japs didn’t realize she could extend her foot that high. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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From left: Ballet Manila founder Lisa Macuja with Elizabeth Rae an esteemed guest instructor from the UK. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: Ballet Manila founder Lisa Macuja with Elizabeth Rae an esteemed guest instructor from the UK. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

lovely faces from left: Timmy Canlas, Choreographer Nancy Crowe and Jasmine Fitzgerald. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

lovely faces from left: Timmy Canlas, Choreographer Nancy Crowe and Jasmine Fitzgerald. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of REPUBLIQ Café from left: Leo Valdez (Mitzi), PDI Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal and Jeff Flores (ensemble). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of REPUBLIQ Café from left: Leo Valdez (Mitzi), PDI Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal and Jeff Flores (ensemble). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from right: MB Entertainment Columnist Crispina Belen with grand daughters Mariella, Agatha and filmmaker Nardz Belen. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: MB Entertainment Columnist Crispina Belen with grand daughters Mariella, Agatha and filmmaker Nardz Belen. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The atrium was in full Priscilla. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

The atrium was in full Priscilla. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Jeff Flores, Micah Muñoz and Fanny Serrano. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Jeff Flores, Micah Muñoz and Fanny Serrano. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd from right: Mitzi Borromeo and the SOLAR NEWS Team. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

2nd from right: Mitzi Borromeo and the SOLAR NEWS Team. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

foreground: Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and her entourage. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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In front of Café REPUBLIQ from left: Leo Valdez, PDI Entertainment Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal and Thou Reyes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

In front of Café REPUBLIQ from left: Leo Valdez, PDI Entertainment Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal and Thou Reyes. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast and friends had a ball at the post party. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Dindo Divinagracia and Jon Santos had a unique and impromptu swing sequence. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Broadway Asia Mgr Intl Licensing & Touring Damon G. Brooks and Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun, Japs Camantigue Treopaldo, Broadway Asia Mgr Intl Licensing & Touring Damon G. Brooks and Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast from left: Raymond Concepcion II, Mako Alonso, Cara Berredo, Chesko Rodriguez & Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast from left: Raymond Concepcion II, Mako Alonso, Cara Berredo, Chesko Rodriguez & Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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bottom left pic: Leo Valdez is hugged by Henry Strzalkowski. Bottom right pic from left: Red Nuestro, Ring Antonio, Nancy Crowe, Neil Murat and Japs Camantigue Treopaldo. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

bottom left pic: Leo Valdez is hugged by Henry Strzalkowski. Bottom right pic from left: Red Nuestro, Ring Antonio, Nancy Crowe, Neil Murat and Japs Camantigue Treopaldo. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RW Sentosa Asst Dir. Ent Technical Andrew Davies, Jon Santos (Bernadette) and RW Sentosa Sr Costume Mgr Sara Munday, Red Concepcion (Felicia). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: RW Sentosa Asst Dir. Ent Technical Andrew Davies, Jon Santos (Bernadette) and RW Sentosa Sr Costume Mgr Sara Munday, Red Concepcion (Felicia). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Left pic : Jill Peña  / right pic : from left: Pinky Amador, Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse and Noel Rayos. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Left pic : Jill Peña / right pic : from left: Pinky Amador, Nullabor Productions Exec. Producer Bradley Stauffer-Kruse and Noel Rayos. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Cast from left: Red Nuestro, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Ring Antonio, Mako Alonso, Chesko Rodriguez, Cara Barredo and Raymond Concepcion II. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cast from left: Red Nuestro, Reg Claravall, Thou Reyes, Ring Antonio, Mako Alonso, Chesko Rodriguez, Cara Barredo and Raymond Concepcion II. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Impromptu performance by RWM Exec who sang I WILL SURVIVE with Red Concepcion’s lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Impromptu performance by RWM Exec who sang I WILL SURVIVE with Red Concepcion’s lip synch. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

left pic: Janeena and Jessika Chan, / right pic: from left: PDI Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal, Leo Valdez (Mitzi), and Ultimate Productions Managing Dir. Mark Manalang. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

left pic: Janeena and Jessika Chan, / right pic: from left: PDI Columnist Dolly Ann Carvajal, Leo Valdez (Mitzi), and Ultimate Productions Managing Dir. Mark Manalang. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Mako Alonso and Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Mako Alonso and Jill Peña. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Jeff Flores and Micah Muñoz. / right pic from right RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Jon Santos (Bernadette), RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun and Phil BIO Founder Samuel West Stewart. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

left: Jeff Flores and Micah Muñoz. / right pic from right RWM CEO & VP for Entertainment Colin Kerr, RWM Pres. Kingson Sian, Jon Santos (Bernadette), RWM Creative Technical Dir Sviatlana Burkun and Phil BIO Founder Samuel West Stewart. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

A fan takes a selfie with Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Pinky Amador. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

A fan takes a selfie with Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Pinky Amador. PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Red Nuestro, Ring Antonio, Nancy Crowe, Neil Murat and Japs Camantigue Treopaldo . PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Red Nuestro, Ring Antonio, Nancy Crowe, Neil Murat and Japs Camantigue Treopaldo . PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Stars from left: Jon Santos (Bernadette), Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Red Concepcion (Felicia). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

Priscilla Queen of the Desert Stars from left: Jon Santos (Bernadette), Leo Valdez (Mitzi) and Red Concepcion (Felicia). PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL will run from May to July 2014 at the New Port Performing Arts Theater, Resort’s World Manila. Photo by Jude Bautista

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL

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Resort’s World Manila, VISA, MGM ON STAGE, MAC Cosmetics

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