Broadway Global gives an exclusive review on the off-Broadway production of Pageant that has Tony Award winning musicals shaking in their Kinky Boots! Pageant just like Kinky Boots has one of the strongest black male lead singers dressed in drag and singing to perfection. Many who remember Tony Award winning Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) in his younger days may even hear or see a striking resemblance in the vocal talents of Pageant star Curtis Wiley (Miss Bible Belt). Like Kinky Boots many of the men dress in drag, and this musical unlike Kinky Boots is even interactive, as judges are picked from the live audience members. The Pageant judges along with audience reactions choose the winner who will be crowned "Miss Glamouresse!". "This Pageant from evening gowns down to the finish line gives the best NYC theatre bang for your buck. Don't miss these beauty queens! High heels and makeup and wigs oh my!" NYC Theatre Chat
So what does Curtis Wiley have that Billy Porter doesn't? Let's start with youth, model looks, outrageous vocals, and just as sexy in drag as he is in real life. Curtis Wiley is one of NYC's most talented male artist, that will soon be spotlighted when an award winning composer, book writer find the perfect fit for a new Broadway hit. Curtis has long been a Broadway Global favorite, when he starred in a production of Five Guys Named Moe, under the direction and choreography of multi-award winning Ron Hutchins. Curtis Wiley fans who follow him on twitter @curtis_Wiley will remember his talents in many productions that include Motown: The Musical, The Lion King, Jersey boys, just to name a few. Don't miss Curtis Wiley as Miss Bible Belt in Pageant as he takes you to church and back, giving a NYC performance highlight of this theatre season. Pageant is a Broadway Global and Theatre Chat top pick.
Pageant is like no beauty pageant you've seen before! Six contestants vying for the title of "Miss Glamouresse!". The cast play every stereotype Pageant character to the hilt, and then some. Nick Cearley (Miss Great Plains) as the "plain Jane" character will win your hearts. John Bolton (Frankie Cavalier) is a dashing, mugging, MC that you just can't get enough of. Nic Cory (Miss Industrial Northeast) is the urban sex kitten, while Alex Ringler and Marty Thomas (Miss Deep South) give you southern charm and grace. Seth Tucker (Miss West Coast) is the perfect dumb blond, but it is Curtis Wiley that brings down the house with his glorious gospel vocals. Credit for this Pageant should be given to Robert Longbottom who conceived the vying tiara musical. "Don't miss Pageant. Will the person who stoled the microphone please return in too the pageant contestants dressing room! Sometimes the truth comes out in a Pageant. Musical Comedy glam in high heals makes this the must see off Broadway musical of the theatre season!" USA Theatre Chat
The Band includes Micah Young (Keyboard/Conductor and Shannon Ford (Drums) who all keep the show moving and lively. The direction by Matt Lenz hits every beat. Vibrant choreography by Shae Sullivan makes this Pageant a must see for any theatre lover. The Davenport Theatre is just a stones throw from Kinky Boots, but the price of this show won't cost you a second mortgage. Lucky for Pageant lovers the musical has just been extended till late September 2014. The two top off Broadway musicals Disaster and Pageant are giving Broadway shows a run for their money. For tickets to Pageant the musical call 212 239-6200 or visit pageantmucsical.com. Pageant the musical is playing Davenport Theatre located at 354 W 45th St, New York, New York 10036.