Will It Be Miss Bible Belt or Miss Deep South? Drag Musical Pageant Begins Off-Broadway Competition Tonight

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29 Jun 2014

Nick Cearley
Nick Cearley

The Bill Russell-Frank Kelly-Albert Evans musical Pageant, which was seen in a limited benefit run earlier this year, returns for an Off-Broadway engagement beginning June 29 at the Davenport Theatre.

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 Emmy Award winner Kevin Meaney (Hairspray, "Uncle Buck") as the host.

The limited encore engagement will officially open July 14 for a run through Sept. 1. The Davenport Theatre is located at 354 West 45th Street. Performances of Pageant take place Sundays at 7:30 PM and Mondays at 7 PM and 10 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!"

Pageant, which premiered Off-Broadway in 1991 at the Blue Angel, is written by two-time Tony nominee Russell (Side Show) and Kelly, with music by Evans. It was conceived by Robert Longbottom (Side Show). The new production is produced by SAS Productions in association with Kitty Potapow.

The production has choreography by Shea Sullivan, music supervision by Mark Hartman, scenic design by Paul Tate DePoo III, costumes by Stephen Yearick, lighting by Paul Miller, sound by David Sanderson and casting by Duncan Stewart and Company.

Pageant is produced by SAS Productions, Kitty Potapow, Drew Desky and Michelle R. Rogers. ABS Productions serves as executive producer..

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


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Alex Ringler, Seth Tucker, Marty Thomas, Brad Oscar, Frankie James Grande, Douglas Lyons and Nick Cearley
Photo by SAS Productions