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THEATER BUFF: Nick Cearley of “Pageant” & “The Skivvies”

July 16th, 2014 Comments off

Every third Wednesday of the month, a fabulous actor/singer/dancer fills out contributor Tom Mizer’s nosey little questionnaire and offers a glimpse of what he looks like from a bit closer than the mezzanine. For July, we’re crowning a very special man of the month…

Nick Cearly with Lauren Molina of "The Skivvies". Photo by Michelle Blake.

Nick Cearley with Lauren Molina of “The Skivvies”. Photo by Michelle Blake.

Name:  Nick Cearley

Hometown:  Fairfield, Ohio (Between Dayton and Cincinnati)

Current Show/Role:  Pageant as Miss Great Plains and 1/2 of “The Skivvies”

The best part of the show I’m in now is:  Getting to take my make up off.  

The most challenging job in show business I ever had was:  Being a swing!

If I wasn’t a performer, I would be:  I don’t know how to do anything else.

The best pre-show dinner and post-show cocktail in town are at: I love Lillie’s supreme nachos.  And actually, I am a beer snob so I love Beer Culture right next to the theatre on 45th so I enjoy going there after the show.

After you’ve hit all the traditional sights of New York City, you should totally go to:  Sleepy Hollow (Tarrytown) in the fall.  The town turns into a Halloween love letter and the Pumpkin Blaze is something I look forward to all year long. Read more…

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“Pageant” Returns to Off-Broadway

June 29th, 2014 Comments off
The cast of "Pageant" (photo: Jenny Anderson via The Broadway Blog).

The cast of “Pageant” (photo: Jenny Anderson via The Broadway Blog).

After a sold-out benefit run for BC/EFA this February, Pageant – The Musical returns for a limited Off-Broadway engagement at The Davenport Theatre beginning June 29 with an official opening scheduled for July 14.

Like every beauty pageant you’ve seen before, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent, and evening gown competitions—the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. But unlike beauty pageants you’ve seen before, the female contestants are all played by men and the audience gets to select the winner each night. Let the beauty begin!

The cast of tiara-crazed beauties includes Nick Cearley (“The Skivvies”), Frankie J. Grande (Mamma Mia), Alex Ringler (West Side Story), Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu), Seth Tucker (Our Kiki), Curtis Wiley (Motown), and Emmy Award-winner Kevin Meaney (Hairspray, “Uncle Buck”) as the host.

Pageant has book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show, The Last Smoker in America) and Frank Kelly with music by Albert Evans and was conceived by Robert Longbottom. Matt Lenz directs, with choreography by Shea Sullivan, music supervision by Mark Hartman, music direction by Micah Young, scenic design by Paul Tate DePoo III, costumes by Stephen Yearick, lighting by Paul Miller, sound by David Sanderson, and casting by Duncan Stewart and Company.

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 on the West End and around the world. Pageant was last seen this February in a sold-out five-show special engagement that benefitted Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at the Red Lacquer Club, which was the first time it had returned to the New York stage in more than twenty years.

Take the jump for an exclusive interview with co-creator Bill Russell!

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Photo Call: “Pageant”

February 6th, 2014 Comments off

 

The cast of "Pageant."

The cast of “Pageant.”

Pageant, the musical comedy beauty contest, sold out so quickly that another performance has been added for February 24, 10:30 p.m.

Like every beauty pageant you’ve seen before, PAGEANT features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent, and evening gown competitions – the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. 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. Filled with excitement and suspense, but first and foremost, beauty, let the beauty begin!

Proceeds from this limited-run revival benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Want to take a sneak peek at the contestants? See their glamour shots below!

The beauty contests of "Pageant."

The beauty contestants of “Pageant.”

Three to See: February

February 3rd, 2014 Comments off

 

"The Bridges of Madison County"

“The Bridges of Madison County”

The Bridges of Madison County
If you’re looking for a lush, romantic Broadway musical, the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown hope to score big with The Bridges of Madison County. Directed by Barltett Sher (South Pacific) and starring

Four-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara (Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Light in the Piazza) and Steven Pasquale (“Rescue Me”, reasons to be pretty), star in the soaring tale of romance and lost love takes place on the plains of the Iowa landscape circa 1965.

The Bridges of Madison County
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
236 West 45th Street
www.bridgesofmadisoncountymusical.com

Take a sneak peek…

Kung Fu

Cole Horibe stars in David Henry Hwang's new play, "Kung Fu." (photo: Gregory Costanzo)

Cole Horibe stars in David Henry Hwang’s new play, “Kung Fu.”
(photo: Gregory Costanzo)

Incorporating dance and music into an exciting new form, Cole Horibe (“So You Think You Can Dance”) takes on the iconic role of real-life Bruce Lee, a young martial artist who comes to America from Hong Kong in the 1960’s with a dream as audacious as his talent: to become the biggest movie star in the world. To do so, he must struggle to overcome the West’s view of China as weak and backwards, and of Asian men as less than truly masculine.

The world premiere play by David Henry Hwang and directed by Leigh Silverman has created so much buzz that the production has already been extended. Also keep your eye out for choreography by Sonya Tayeh. 

Kung Fu
The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center 480 West 42nd Street
Through March 30.
www.signaturetheatre.org

 

pageantPageant – The Musical Comedy Beauty Contest
Returning for the first time to the New York stage in more than twenty years, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent, and evening gown competitions – the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat! 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.

Fifty percent of ticket sales benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Pageant
The Red Lacquer Club
240 West 52nd Street
Monday nights; February 3, 10, 17, 24

Take a peek at Pageant in rehearsal…