Despite being more than two decades old, it’s no shock that a musical about beauty pageants is more relevant than ever in the age of reality television shows like Ru Paul’s Drag Race. To capitalize on that success, the Richmond Triangle Players RT will open their 2014-15 season with Pageant starting August 6.
On the heels of their 20th anniversary season, RTP decided to bring back the much-requested fan-favorite from the theater’s first decade, said director Justin Amellio. “Pageant” is billed as “the musical where the audience chooses the winner,” he said, and attendees who buy tickets in the “judges seating” will get to pick the winner of the “Miss Glamouresse” beauty pageant.
“I think it’s that interactivity [...] that makes this musical a real crowd-pleaser,” Amellio said.
The contestants will compete in the familiar swimsuit, talent and evening gown categories, as well as serving as “spokesmodels” for the pageant’s various sponsors. Steve Boschen will play emcee Frankie Cavalier, the same role he had in RTP’s March 1999 production of “Pageant.” Joining him will be beauty queens Todd Minnich (reprising his role as Miss Texas from the 1999 show), Brian Baez, Andrew Etheredge, Brent Gallahan, Fabian Starr and Joe Winters.