A gender-bending beauty `Pageant'

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On Stage

March 15, 2001|By J. Wynn Rousuck

"Pageant," the musical about beauty queens who are a real drag - that is, played by men in drag - opens a four-weekend run at Columbia's Rep Stage tomorrow. An off-Broadway cult hit, the show has also won a local following thanks to held-over incarnations at the Spotlighters and F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre under the direction of Terry J. Long, who repeats his directing duties here.

The seven-member cast - Dave Allen, Stuart Goldstone, Randolph Hadaway, Ty Hreden, Brian Jacobs, Douglas Lisenbee and James Waltz - includes six holdovers from Long's earlier stagings. Steven Zumbrun also returns as the show's music director.

"It's the same show, but there are some new twists to it out here, new surprises," says Long. "Pageant" has music by Albert Evans and a book and lyrics by Frank Kelly and Bill Russell.

Rep Stage is the professional company in residence at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays, through April 8. Tickets are $14-$20. Call 410-772-4900.

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