"Priscilla" Star Discovers Green Is His Color

May 30, 2012 12:00 AM

" It’s been a fabulous few months for Tony Sheldon, the native Australian who stars in Broadway’s “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” the musical based on the disco-infused movie about two drag queens and a transsexual who get a cabaret gig in the middle of the Outback.

The actor, 56, recently received his green card, meaning that when “Priscilla” ends its run, he can stay in the United States to pursue more work.


“Maybe something where I don’t wear a dress,” Sheldon cracked recently backstage at the Palace, where guests walk past hundreds of colorful costumes -- there are some 500 in the show -- to reach the veteran actor’s dressing room.


He also was honored in May with a portrait at Sardi’s, unveiled and displayed on the walls of the Rialto institution.


Sheldon created the role of “Bernadette,” a recently bereaved transsexual, in the first workshop of the show seven years ago and has starred in every “Priscilla” production around the world -- first, in Australia, then New Zealand, London and Toronto. His Broadway debut won him unanimous critical acclaim, and a 2011 Tony nomination "

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