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Pageant Standout Seth Tucker on Dressing Like Barbie, Wardrobe Malfunctions & His Creepy First Apartment

Pageant Standout Seth Tucker on Dressing Like Barbie, Wardrobe Malfunctions & His Creepy First Apartment
Seth Tucker photographed by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com at The OUT.
'We spend more time doing our makeup than actually doing the show.'

Age: “I'm about, mmm, mid-20s.”

Hometown: Tempe, AZ

Current Role: The airheaded and “100% female” Miss West Coast Karma Quinn in the off-the-wall, off-Broadway musical comedy Pageant.

Stage Cred: After appearing in regional productions of Avenue Q and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Tucker created the web series Acting Up, which he also stars in.

“I had Barbie dolls as a kid, so I really love having long hair and being allowed to wear a pink dress in Pageant.”

“When I first moved to New York, I stayed for a couple of weeks in this place where you’d turn lights on and the roaches would run away. The bathroom was like a rainforest. There were always towels on the floor, and you knew there were roaches hiding under the towels.”

“I shave my legs for an hour in the morning before coming in to do the show. It’s this huge process that has so much to do with how we look. We spend more time doing our makeup than actually doing the show.”

“Before the swimsuit competition, you hear the audience start rustling because they want to look at us. We’re not women, so everyone expects to see something, or wants to point out what they do see.”

“Lisa Lampanelli, James Monroe Iglehart from Aladdin and Alice Ripley came and sat in the audience as judges. I saw Next to Normal so many times, and to see [Ripley] in the audience and talk to her after was really, really cool.”

“One of the guys had a slippage of one ball during our production photos. So, there’s a little ball on the side of his swimsuit, just hanging out there. We do the best we can!”

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