Off-Broadway Musical Pageant Will Get First-Ever Cast Album | Playbill

News Off-Broadway Musical Pageant Will Get First-Ever Cast Album Producers announced Sept. 11 that the Off-Broadway revival of the drag musical comedy Pageant, written by Tony nominee Bill Russell, Frank Kelly and Albert Evans, will receive its first-ever cast recording.

Nick Cearley
Nick Cearley Photo by Jenny Anderson

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.

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.

A portion of the cast album, to be recorded in October, will be crowd-funded through an Indiegogo campaign, which runs through Oct. 10. Various packages are available for those who donate. Click here to participate.

A release date has not been set.

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!" 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. Music direction is by Micah Young.

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

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

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

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