PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Off-Broadway's Pageant Contestants Pick Songs They'd Do Drag To

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21 Aug 2014

Nick Cearley
Nick Cearley
Photo by Jenny Anderson

Cast members from the Off-Broadway revival of Bill Russell, Frank Kelly and Albert Evans' Pageant, the musical that puts its stars in drag and has them compete for a glittering tiara, pick songs they would do drag to as part of this week's Playbill Playlist.

Directed by Matt Lenz, the production features contestants Nick Cearley (The Skivvies), Nic Cory (Signs of Life), Alex Ringler (West Side Story), Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu), Seth Tucker (Our Kiki) and Curtis Wiley (Motown), with Drama Desk nominee John Bolton (A Christmas Story, Titanic) as the host.

Performances of Pageant take place Mondays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7:30 PM.

Here's how it's billed: "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. Filled with excitement and suspense, but first and foremost, beauty. Let the beauty begin!"

Performances began June 29, prior to an official opening July 14, at the Davenport Theatre. The extended engagement plays through Oct. 26.

For tickets, visit or phone (212) 239-6200.


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