May the Best Queen Win: Pageant Will Return Off-Broadway; Initial Casting Revealed

News   May the Best Queen Win: Pageant Will Return Off-Broadway; Initial Casting Revealed
The Bill Russell-Frank Kelly-Albert Evans musical Pageant, which was seen in a sold-out limited benefit run in February, will return Off-Broadway June 29 at the Davenport Theatre.

Nick Cearley
Nick Cearley

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. The production will share the venue with Forbidden Broadway.

Performances of Pageant will take place Sundays at 7:30 PM and Mondays at 7 PM and 10 PM.

Directed by Matt Lenz, the production will feature returning cast members Nick Cearley (The Skivvies), Frankie J. Grande (Mamma Mia!), Alex Ringler (West Side Story), Marty Thomas (Xanadu), Seth Tucker (Our Kiki) and Curtis Wiley (Motown).

Additional cast members will be announced.

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 and Drew Desky. ABS Productions serves as executive producer.

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

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