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Review: Roxy’s ‘Pageant’ is frothy fun

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The guys play beauty contestants in Roxy Downtown’s “Pageant.” Courtesy photo

The guys play beauty contestants in Roxy Downtown’s “Pageant.” Courtesy photo

BY BOB CURTRIGHT

Eagle correspondent

August 13, 2015 01:50 PM

Beauty may be only skin deep, but the beauty of “Pageant” goes all the way to the funny bone – and then some.

This 1991 musical spoof of beauty pageants, where the “girls” are actually all guys in gowns, swimwear and colorful regional costumes for their “talent” competition, is full of chuckles, giggles and more than a few guffaws.

And this latest version, the fourth in the past two decades at Roxy’s Downtown (formerly Cabaret Oldtown), is a hoot, with some surprisingly accomplished – and convincing – high-heeled maneuvering.
This cast, as trumpeted in the opening production number, has “Something Extra.” And they know just how to conceal it under layers of flounces, sexy sequins, mounds of lustrous hair, flawless faces and swimwear that’s more revealing than you may think prudent (or possible) under the circumstances.

The show was conceived by Robert Longbottom with frothy, upbeat music by Albert Evans and silly, satirical lyrics/book by Bill Russell and Frank Kelly. It’s written so that if the actors really aren’t accomplished in certain pageant talent areas, it doesn’t make much difference. Klutzy only adds to the fun.

Here, though, Roxy’s cast, under direction and choreography by Kyle Vespestad, shows considerable aplomb in such areas as…