Pageant: the Musical

  • Our critic's rating:
    Date:
    July 1, 2014

    What the popular press said...

    "Unfortunately, the rebirth of “Pageant,” some 20 years on, fails to make a case for the show as an evergreen. There’s more drama, and maybe even more wit, in any given episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (congrats, Bianca del Rio!) than there is in this cute but now rather tame musical comedy."
    Charles Isherwood for New York Times

    "Matt Lenz's production could use a girdle. Laugh lines are held a bit too long, leaving the performers to mug to fill space. As with many variety shows, some acts just don't cut it. (However quaintly old-fashioned interpretive dance and ventriloquism are, they're still not any more fun in 2014 than they were in 1991.) But the cha-cha-heeled cast make the evening worthwhile."
    Jason Clark for Entertainment Weekely

    "Pageant flirts with satire, and beauty contests are easy targets. But the musical adds a colorful new dimension to old territory. This time everyone is crowned a queen—in more ways than one."
    Rex Reed for New York Observer

    "For others, Pageant will prove to be a pleasant summertime diversion with enough giggles (and a few genuine guffaws) to warrant a trip into musical theater camp..."
    Andy Propst for American Theater Web

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