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Stacey and producer Meg Fofonoff spare no expense with the productions values of this Broadway caliber musical. The sets, costumes, lighting and make up are phenomenal. The make up by Joe Dulude is fantastic.The multitude of songs are by Tina Turner, the Village People, Madonna, Elvis, Cyndi Lauper, Dionne Warwick, John Denver, Gloria Gaynor and are brilliantly performed. Music director, Jose Simbulan conducts an 11 piece orchestra while choreographer Arthur Cuadros' dance numbers are breathtaking and perfectly executed by this multitalented cast. Tall, dark and handsome Andrew Giordano leads the cast as Tick. He is marvelous in this role delivering both comic and poignant moments along the way especially moving is the scene with his young son. Some of his numbers include the poignant "I Say a Little Prayer" where he's thinking about his young son, "True Colors" and the tear jerking "Always on My Mind" with Benji which leaves not a dry eye in the house. Andrew's funniest number is "MacArthur Park" when he finds a green cake in the rain which won him a multitude of laughter. Matthew Tiberi is a triple threat performer as Felicia. His vocals are perfect especially his strong falsetto voice, his phenomenal dancing skills and his dynamic acting prowess stun the crowd. He makes a gangbusters entrance with "Venus" while singing and dancing up a storm with the male dancers who look they were chiseled out of stone especially Valton Jackson and Alec Varcas. (Alec majored in business for three years at Quinnipiac in CT but now is an equity actor) His singing numbers include "Go West" which turns into a village people dance, "Color My World" which turns into a painting of the bus dance and the brilliantly poignant "Confide in Me." One of the most dramatic moments comes right after the fun filled number "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" with the Divas, when he is beaten up by a red neck at a local bar. Excellently portrayed and I look forward to seeing Matthew in many future shows. One of outstanding performers is Larry Dagget as Bernadette who steals many a scene with his multilayered performance. He is both charming and sweet but also toughs as nails when he defends his friend, Adam in a powerful moment in the show. Larry is like Bea Arthur on "Maude" with his sarcastic and biting one liners that mesmerize the audience. His fantastic numbers include "Don't Leave Me This Way" when his boyfriend passes away, the funny "Go West", "A Fine Romance" and "Hot Stuff" with Matthew and the Divas. His most dramatic scene occurs when he and their rescuer Bob unite in a touching moment that is emotion packed. Bravo on three fabulous male leads of this show.
Val Moranto as Marion delivers the goods in this role as she finally unites father and son at last. She is also a hoot as tough as nail lesbian, Shirley in "I Love the Nightlife" scene. Bob Knapp is terrific as the sympathetic Bob who eventually falls in love with Bernadette. He gives a heartfelt performance and displays his singing voice in "A Fine Romance." Cameron Levesque who is only 9 years old is very poignant and excellent as Benji. His scenes with Andrew crackle with intensity. He has a very bright future in show business. His singing voice is splendid when he and Andrew sing "Always on My Mind" which elicits many tears from the appreciative audience. The electrifying and splendid vocalists, Tamala Baldwin, Lindsay Roberts and Onyie Nwachukwu as the Divas knock your socks off with hit after hit song in the sequined gowns and feather boas. Some of their numbers include "It's Raining Men", "I Say A Little Prayer", "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "I Will Survive." Kudos to the entire cast and crew a job very well done. So for a high energy, magnificent musical extravaganza be sure to catch "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" at the Shubert Theatre in Boston before Priscilla the bus drives out of the city for good. Tell them Tony sent you.