Which queen will come out on top? That’s up to you! Pageant: The Musical begins performances off-Broadway on June 29 at the Davenport Theatre, where it runs concurrently with Forbidden Broadway on Sunday and Monday evenings through September 1. Opening night is set for July 14.
Conceived by Robert Longbottom, 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 (though possibly not all) beauty pageants you've seen before, the female contestants are all played by men and the audience gets to select the winner each night. The show is penned by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell and Frank Kelly and features music by Albert Evans.
The gaggle of tiara-crazed hopefuls consists of Nick Cearley, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas, Seth Tucker, Curtis Wiley and Nic Cory. Emmy winner Kevin Meaney will serve as the pageant host.