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Tribute to Film and Cabaret 'Queen'

Tribute to Film and Cabaret 'Queen'

Who: Carlotta
Where: Cardiff Panthers
Author: Jade Lazarevic
When: Saturday April 17, 2004

THIS year, Australia's most well-known ``gender bender'' CARLOTTA celebrates 40 years on stage.

Originally made famous with Australia's first male revue Les Girls , Carlotta was also a star of the television talk show Beauty and the Beast. Carlotta has retained her reputation as one Australia's most popular cabaret performers.

To celebrate the milestone, she has returned to the stage with the all-new Priscilla Show. The show will appear at MAITLAND CITY BOWLING CLUB on Friday, April 16 and CARDIFF PANTHERS on Saturday, April 17.

It features some of Australia's best drag performers dressed in an array of dazzling costumes as they perform to a variety of cleverly chosen songs.

Carlotta rose on the club scene in the 1960s and has taken the sparkling moments of her career to create the new show.

The show also coincides with the 10th anniversary of the release of the ACADEMY AWARD -winning film Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert. Producer CHRISTIE MCNICOLE has developed an ``around the world'' theme, and spectacular tributes to a number of classic movies.

Audiences will see tributes to Hollywood legends such as RITA HAYWORTH, MARILYN MONROE, MADONNA and CHER, as well as Swedish superstars ABBA. The stage comes alive when MO AWARD winner MONIQUE ST JOHN boogies down in New York's famous STUDIO 54. Moulin Rouge 's popular Lady Marmalade is featured in a sexy production presented by leading drag star PENNY CLIFFORD. Elements of the film will also be included by ROBYN LEE, who personally trained actor TERENCE STAMP for his role as a transsexual in the hit movie Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. The show continues for 2 sfr1/2 hours and Carlotta promises it will have ``something for everybody''.

Carlotta said that when she looked back on her career, she never would have imagined that drag shows and cross dressing would become so widely accepted.

``It's such a big thing right around Australia,'' Carlotta said.

``I've found blokes bring out their feminine side and that's so healthy.

``I enjoy it and I'd never have dreamed, 30 years ago, that we'd ever see blokes in drag on The Footy Show on TV.'' Tickets are $22 each.

Bookings can be made at the clubs.

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