Hot Tomato’s Emily Jade to hit the stage in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert musical

A very familiar face is set to hit the stage at The Star Gold Coast once again!

1029 Hot Tomato’s very own Emily Jade O’Keeffe has been cast in the upcoming production of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert which is pulling up to The Star next month.

Producer Matt Ward made the announcement while chatting to Galey, Emily Jade & Christo this morning, revealing the local radio announcer will be taking on a special role in the show.


“There’s one component of the show that sort of brings the story together and why these Queens are heading out to the desert, and that is the role of Marion, which is the ex-wife of Tick and mother of Benji,” he said.

“[Emily Jade] we loved you in Mamma Mia, you were a delight to work with and I think Gold Coast audiences were so excited to see you come alive on that stage. I can’t wait for you to bring Marion to life in this show.”

Emily Jade said she was thrilled to be taking to the stage once again in such an iconic Australian musical.

“It’s so exciting for me – thank you Matt. I didn’t ever think I’d have another run but here you are asking me to be in this as well,” she said on Hot Tomato this morning.

Emily Jade will join a talented line-up of performers already cast in the musical, including transgender actor Yvonne ‘Vonni’ Britain, transgender cabaret performer Carlotta, and Australian pop artist Paulini.

“I can’t wait to get on stage with all these amazing artists and get this show going. I think it is something everyone has been waiting for,” Paulini told Galey, Emily Jade & Christo this morning.

“I am playing the lead diva, with two other beautiful women with amazing voices, and I guess the three of us we basically channel the Queens and tell their story through song and keep the show high energy.”

A local search is also underway to find a 9-11 year old boy to play young Benji (Marion’s son) in the show.

“We are looking for a talented triple threat performer who would be able to take to the stage as the son of Marion in the show. He is sort of like the heart of this story as well, that brings the father and son relationship together,” said Producer Matt Ward.

To audition for the role, Gold Coasters are encouraged to submit an application here.

Listen to Galey, Emily Jade & Christo’s full chat with Matt Ward and Paulini below:

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert runs from 16 July – 7 August at The Star Gold Coast. For more information, visit