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Opening Night of ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical’

Palace Theater and Chelsea Piers. March 20, 2011. By Ross Kenneth Urken

What do you think of your boyfriend [Will Swenson] in drag? “I think he’s hot. He’s already a beautiful man and then he puts the heels on and…I don’t know. I need to go to therapy about it.” —AUDRA MCDONALD


What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen at a drag show? “Will Swenson and I saw a show that turned into a strip contest. This guy got up onstage and was really well-endowed and wearing an oversize red thong. It was, like, Hanes—just not cute.” —NICK ADAMS


What do you make of Spider-Man? “If it just fails, it will be such a shame. All that money that could have gone to twelve shows or feeding Africa.” —WILL SWENSON


What do you make of the Spider-Man hullaballoo? “Well, I lost two friends in Spider-Man. That’s why I’m wearing black.” —JOAN RIVERS


They say that you’re the ultimate diva… “Nonsense. Everyone’s a diva.” —BETTE MIDLER


You’ve dealt with the Housewives, but have you dealt with the drag queens? “There used to be some loud queens under my window on Horatio Street near the meatpacking district in, like, ’93, and I used to get into fights. I think I threw an egg at one once.” —ANDY COHEN

Is Bette Midler a diva? “Definitely. I have the scars to prove it.” —MARC SHAIMAN

You write the Academy Awards, and this was a particularly interesting year. Do you think James Franco was high? “I was with him, and he wasn’t high. I asked him, ‘Are you high, and can I have some?’ And he said no to both.” —BRUCE VILANCH

Have you ever ventured into drag yourself? “Not that I would say in front of a tape recorder.” —RICK ELICE (Amber De Vos/Getty Images)

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