PAGEANT: The Musical Comedy Beauty Contest
14th Street Playhouse
Through Oct. 24
PAGEANT: The Musical Comedy Beauty Contest is a side-splitting rendition of America's favorite pageant. In this farce, the lads ... erm, "ladies" compete in a 90 minute feat of talent, poise and fabulous fashions, all in hopes of being crowned "Miss Glamouresse." Like finding a rip in your last pair of pantyhose, the gorgeous gents drag audiences along the emotional rollercoaster of beauty and glamour. Delving into the culture and cattiness inherent to this celebration of charm, PAGEANT is an uproarious romp through shallow desires (and deep cleavage) of six lovely contestants.
Aside from the daunting talent required for these delightful fellows to prance and preen on stage while wearing showgirl heels, what makes this a must-see is the interactive element. At the beginning of each performance, five audience members are chosen as judges. At the end, each contest turns her back; the appointed five then hold up scorecards as the audience votes for that night's "Miss Glamouresse" winner, ensuring each show has a different outcome. (What an excellent way to enact vengeance on that pretentious, rude "queen" which reminds us all of a certain high school classmate!)
Adamant about being called anything but a "drag show", PAGEANT merely insists you take a look at the humorous side of glamor. As such, this Off-Broadway musical has garnered a cult following across the nation, as well as across the pond. Winner of the 2001 Olivier Award, (the European equivalent of a Tony,) PAGEANT is sure to bring even more accolades to the 14th Street Playhouse. Performances are offered through Oct. 24, and run every Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., as well as each Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Shows are also offered at 5 p.m. on select Saturdays. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office.
PAGEANT and the 14th Street Playhouse have partnered with AID Atlanta to create a unique fundraiser benefiting the city's gay community. The 14th Street Playhouse, located in the heart of Midtown, is a long-time advocate of charities and alternative plays. I've got my fingers crossed that PAGEANT becomes a smashing success!
Sleuth Secret: Just in case you're curious, I'd give Miss Deep South a solid 10 every time!