A portion of the cast album will be crowd-funded through Indiegogo at the following link: http://igg.me/at/PageantCastAlbum
Members of the community and fans of the show are encouraged to pre-order the album today and support the recording with contributions of any amount. The crowd-funding campaign launches today and runs through Friday, October 10. Special perks and VIP packages are available for larger contributions.
PAGEANT was recently extended through Sunday, October 26, 2014, at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street). Tickets can be purchased at Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200, or at the box office of The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street). The show plays Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 7:30 pm and Mondays at 7 pm. After a sold-out benefit run for BC/EFA this February, PAGEANT has returned in a limited Off-Broadway engagement; previews began Sunday, June 29, 2014, and the show officially opened on Monday, July 14, 2014.
Here’s what critics have to say:
“The time is ripe for the piquant charms of the musical Pageant!”
“OUTRAGEOUS, GROUNDBREAKING AND THIGH-SLAPPINGLY HILARIOUS! Every aspect of this flag-flying, Rockettes-kicking mini-extravaganza crackles and pops. From the opening number to the surprise finale… there’s a laugh a minute awaiting summer audiences badly in need of some. THE CAST IS SPLENDIFEROUS!”
-Rex Reed, NY Observer
“GOOD, CLEAN, CAMPY FUN… Anyone can take pleasure in that!”
-The New Yorker
“No funny bones are spared! Pageant is pure entertainment … A COMEDIC ROMP!”
“Cheeky and charming. PAGEANT IS SO MUCH FUN, there are no losers anywhere in the house!”
“4 STARS! YOU’LL HOWL THROUGH 90 MINUTES OF RAPTUROUS JOY. The six contestants competing for Miss Glamouresse are ABSOLUTELY SUBLIME!”
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 has book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show, The Last Smoker in America) and Frank Kelly with music by Albert Evans and was conceived by Robert Longbottom.Matt Lenz directs, with choreography by Shea Sullivan, music supervision by Mark Hartman, music direction by Micah Young, scenic design by Paul Tate DePoo III, costumes by Stephen Yearick, lighting by Paul Miller & Kirk Fitzgerald, sound by David Sanderson, and casting by Benton Whitley / Duncan Stewart and Company. PAGEANT is produced by SAS Productions, Kitty Potapow, Drew Desky, and Michelle R. Rogers. ABS Productions serves as Executive Producer.
PAGEANT debuted Off-Broadway in 1991 at the Blue Angel in New York where it ran for more than a year before playing successful engagements on the West End and around the world. Pageant was last seen this February in a sold-out five-show special engagement that benefitted Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS at the Red Lacquer Club, which was the first time it had returned to the New York stage in more than twenty years.
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