TV ACTOR Joe McFadden will star in the upcoming new production of glittering musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

The Strictly Come Dancing winner will don the dresses when the show comes to Bradford Alhambra in September 17-21.

The show marks singer/actor Jason Donovan’s first time as a producer, having performed in the original West End production and two subsequent UK tours.

He said: “I’m over the moon to be taking on this new and exciting challenge in a musical that I have been a massive fan of for such a long time.

“I’m looking forward to working with this wonderful production team, including Jason whose guidance I feel especially lucky to have given his previous experience with the production.

“I can’t wait to take the Priscilla bus on the road and have a bonzer time making the role my own!”

Director Mark Goucher said: “Joe is great casting for Priscilla. He is a very strong musical theatre performer and will bring great charm and integrity to this new production.”

Jason Donovan described Joe as down-to-earth, talented guy who will bring enormous warmth to the role of Mitzi then: “I can’t wait to see him in heels doing those dance routines.... awesome.”

Promised for the revival of the musical is “more glitter than ever before”, with a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and dance-floor classics including It’s Raining Men, I Will Surviveand Finally.

Priscilla is the adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

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