Off-Broadway Musical Pageant Swaps Out Emmy Winner for Broadway Veteran

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John Bolton, a Drama Desk Award nominee for A Christmas Story, has joined the Off-Broadway production of Pageant, replacing Emmy Award winner Kevin Meaney as host of the drag competition musical.

John Bolton
John Bolton

Directed by Matt Lenz, the production began performances June 29. A reason was not announced for Meaney's departure. Bolton will begin performances July 6.

Pageant also 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).

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 or phone (212) 239-6200.

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