After a sold out run as a benefit for the not-for-profit Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, the beauty contest musical "Pageant" returns to the off-Broadway scene. Frank DiLella filed the following report.
The glitz and glam extravaganza "Pageant" returns to its off-Broadway roots for a run at The Davenport Theatre. The show, which debuted in New York and ran for a year back in the early 90s, follows a group of gals vying for one coveted tiara. Matt Lenz serves as director.
"We did four nights, we set four nights in February and sold out immediately and added a show and we were on our way. Then we started looking at theaters and it seemed like demand warranted that we could do a summer run,” said Lenz.
The show features six guys in drag as the contestants. Performer Nick Cearley plays Miss Great Plains.
"Her name is Bonnie Louis Cutlet, Miss Great Plains, and she didn’t win in her region nor was she the runner up. She just kind of just stumbled upon it because everyone else couldn't do it,” said actor Nick Cearley.
In the show the ladies do it all; swimsuit and evening gown competitions, the special performance category and more. Seth Tucker plays Miss West Coast. He attributes the success of the sold out "Pageant" benefits to current pop culture.
"This isn't necessarily a gay show, but I do think that the gay culture is I think more prominent and more popular, so seeing men in dresses and drag, people like it. People enjoy it,” said actor Seth Tucker.
As for the winner of the evening? The audience plays judge, so let's just say, "May the best woman win."
The beauty "Pageant" happens weekly on Sunday and Monday nights. For more information, go to www.pageantmusical.com.