Our friends at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS are giving us a sneak peek at their new musical benefit -- and looks just fabulous!
Written by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell ("Side Show") and Frank Kelly, "Pageant: The Musical Comedy Beauty Contest" puts a high-heeled drag spin on the competitive pageant scene.
Audiences will get the chance to see Broadway veterans, including Frankie James Grande ("Mamma Mia"), Douglas Lyons ("Beautiful") and Marty Thomas ("Xanadu"), face off in pursuit of the coveted Miss Glamouresse crown.
"With swimsuit, talent and evening gown competitions -- the show includes both the thrill of victory and agony of defeat," organizers said of "Pageant," which features music by Albert Evans and is directed by Matt Lenz, in a press release. "Unlike some beauty pageants you've seen before, the female contestants are all played by men. And the audience gets to select the winner each night."
The show's original Off-Broadway incarnation debuted in 1991 at the Blue Angel in New York. The new version, which is being produced by SAS Productions in association with Kitty Potapow, plays New York's Red Lacquer Club on Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24.
Take a look at some rehearsal photos from the new show below.