"Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical"

"Priscilla Queen of the Desert" will play April 2-7 at Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center and April 23-28 at West Palm Beach's Kravis Center. (Joan Marcus / April 3, 2013)

"Priscilla Queen of the Desert" is fun, fierce, fabulous and a couple of other "F" words I could mention.

Y'know, like ... um ... fey, fast and fashion-y.

Boy, oh, boy (make that girl, oh, girl) is "Priscilla" fashion-y. The exuberant costumes take over the road tour setting down twice in South Florida: now at the Arsht Center in Miami through Sunday, and later at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach from April 23 through 28.


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Maybe by then the show will have worked through its sound problems, which practically sabotaged Tuesday night's opening with a murky mix that left the disco-fied score of club classics — such as "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive" and "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" — thumping so loudly that the vocals were frequently lost.

That's a shame, because the story based on the 1994 Australian movie about two transvestites and a transsexual crossing the Outback in a bus on their way to a casino show and a family reunion doesn't really have all that much to say to begin with. The script here hasn't added much newness to the big-screen version, even though the writers have had almost 20 years to think of some new lines.

No biggie. The show is content to move on to the next ta-dah costume, and they are real dazzlers. About 90 seconds in, you realize that few concepts on this mortal plane are more Broadway-spectacle-ready than drag queens with a bus in which to store a voluminous Crayola-colored wardrobe. In the finale, the musical's book abandons all pretense and surrenders to a parade of costumes from the Oscar- and Tony-winning team of Lizzy Gardiner and Tim Chappel.


And, yes, the show is pretty gay-riffic. It's surprising how much pec-peeking and ab-adoring is going on for a show resting on glittery cross-dressing dress-up.

Underneath the cacophony of costumes is a pretty terrific cast. Tick/Mitzi (played opening night by understudy Chris Klink), Bernadette (Scott Willis) and Adam/Felicia (Bryan West) push their characters' personalities' front and center.

Lesser men would have been overwhelmed by the industrial-strength camp.

"Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical" runs through April 7 at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., in Miami. Showtimes are 8 p.m. through Saturday; 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $26. Call 305-949-6722 or go to ArshtCenter.org.