Pageant: The Musical opens off-Broadway at the Davenport Theatre on July 14. Directed by Matt Lenz, the dragtastic tuner will play a new performance schedule to that previously announced. Initially the show will play Sunday and Monday evenings. Beginning July 21, Pageant will play Monday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through September 1.
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 cast of Pageant: The Musical includes John Bolton as the host, with Nick Cearley, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas, Seth Tucker, Curtis Wiley and Nic Cory as the gaggle of tiara-crazed hopefuls.