Pageant musical to play Camden Fringe

Musical writer and director Bill Russell’s comic vision of the world of beauty contests, Pageant, will return to the UK this summer with one run in London and another in Poole.

The brand new production of the show, which will also be directed by Russell (Side Show, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens), will play the London Irish Centre as part of the Camden Fringe from 10-25 August before travelling to the Poole Lighthouse (1-2 September).

Reuniting Russell with the Olivier Award-winning star of the show’s previous London production, Miles Western, Pageant is a musical comedy set in the camp and catty world of the beauty queen.

Western will play host, Frankie Cavilier, while six other actors will be cast as the hopeful ‘female’ contestants battling it out to claim the title of ‘Miss Glamouresse’. Further casting is to be announced.

With a book and lyrics by Russell and Frank Kelly, and music by Albert Evans, the show is based on a concept by Robert Longbottom.

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 in the West End and around the world.

The new production is produced by Tim Austin for The Flash Point Group.

Angela Thomas

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