Carlotta: Queen of the Cross > Bleach* 2019
OUTRAGEOUSLY FUNNY AND BRUTALLY HONEST, THE INSPIRATION FOR PRISCILLA TAKES YOU ON A WHIRLWIND RIDE.
Australian icon, political activist, showbiz royalty, living legend: Carlotta has led an extraordinary life. Outrageously funny and brutally honest, the inspiration for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert takes you on another whirlwind ride with songs and stories from 50 years on and off the stage. Accompanied by Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths on piano, she sings the classics by Berlin, Rogers and Hart, Sondheim and her dear friend, Peter Allen.
Carlotta is an Australian cabaret performer and television celebrity. She began her career as an original member of the long-running Les Girls cabaret show, performed entirely by heavily costumed males, which started in 1963 in the purpose-built Les Girls building which stood on a prominent corner in the heart of Sydney’s Kings Cross, New South Wales. The building was owned by Sydney identity Abe Saffron. Carlotta, a transgender person, rose through the ranks of the show to eventually become the show’s compere and its most famous member. Les Girls and Carlotta soon became must-see attractions for visitors to Sydney and the show was popular with visiting international celebrities. The show continued in the Les Girls building until 1993, the Les Girls show went on-the-road, touring Australia, which inspired the film “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”. The Les Girls building, which was still standing intact with original 1960s features, throughout the 1990s was the venue for alternative cabaret, including the much loved Sunday night club The Tender Trap (club).
WARNINGS: Adult themes
Suitability Rated: PG
Presented by: Strut & Fret Production House