Don't they? I've seen some touring productions in Manchester that were more expensive that Priscilla and not as good technically. I thought my £45 front stalls ticket was incredible value, it was a better show than the Lion King which I saw the week before and is a replica (apparently) of the London production.
Please try to get over this "if it's not like the west end production it's rubbish" attitude. It's very limiting.
I've been trying to think how to answer this post for a while. I don't want it to sound patronising at all. I think if the first time I saw the show was on tour with that bus, then I would've enjoyed it as much as I did the first time I saw it in London. However, having seen it in London first, seeing this touring bus would be a huge let-down, there's no way around it - it's not as impressive. You do pay more for top price tickets in London so you expect more.
The bus is obviously a massive problem for touring this show - the show's named after it for crying out loud.
The shows that I've seen in London and on tour that I know best are Starlight and Sister Act. The best adaptation from London is Sister Act. Yes, the set in London was huge and moved a lot more but the only bit which suffered slightly on tour was the Fabulous, Baby reprise as the Nuns weren't on their platform at the back so weren't as easy to see from the stalls. However the set NEVER affected the plot.
The opposite can be said for Starlight. It was inevitable as there was no way they could've toured the London set round the country. The races have been turned into 3D film. For someone who's seen the show in London (and in Germany in its purpose-built Theatre) the tour is missing something despite the amazing cast on the most recent tour.
Basically, once you've seen a show, you can't unsee it. This is why the Priscilla bus looks disappointing. Those who saw Starlight on your for the first time probably enjoyed it as much as I did in London but I did not because I'd seen it done on a bigger scale. There is no way around this as touring productions need to have sets which can be moved more easily. You, and the producers, however, must expect that people who saw the London production of Priscilla will be disappointed by the touring bus and we should be able to express it - especially on a Message Board for opinions on the Theatre.
I said 'far'. And it was more a statement of fact than anything else. I thought he was wonderful, but appreciate others may not think the same, my point was I don't think it can be denied he sang better than Crowe, regardless of what anyone thinks of his acting.
Haha. Sorry I missed the 'far'. I didn't like his voice much or his mouth, plus I just think he didn't look right. To quote my friends 'he was the most English looking person ever.'