For the first time in more than 20 years, Pageant: The Musical Comedy Beauty Contest is returning to the New York stage. Hosted by Tony nominee Brad Oscar (The Producers, Big Fish), the queens are back to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Directed by Matt Lentz, the audience interactive spectacle will run each Monday night in February at the Red Lacquer Club.
Joining Oscar onstage will be tiara-crazed beauties including Nick Cearley (The Skivvies), Frankie James Grande (Mamma Mia), Douglas Lyons (Beautiful), Alex Ringler (West Side Story), Marty Thomas (Xanadu) and Seth Tucker (My Kiki).
Like every beauty pageant you've seen before, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent and evening gown competitions, the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Unlike some beauty pageants you've seen before, the female contestants are all played by men and the audience gets to select the winner each night.
Conceived by Robert Longbottom, Pageant is written by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show, The Last Smoker in America) and Frank Kelly with music by Albert Evans. Pageant features choreography by Shea Sullivan, music direction by Mark Hartman, costumes by Stephen Yearick, scenic design by Paul DePoo and lighting by Paul Miller.