The "girls" are back!
"When I first came to the Egyptian, everyone kept saying, 'you've got to bring back 'Pageant,' you've got to bring back 'Pageant,' so we did," said Terence Goodman, artistic director at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City.
One of the theater's most popular shows, "Pageant" was first produced in 2002. Audience response was so enthusiastic that the theater brought the show back in 2003.
"The reason we're bringing it back for a third time is due to popular demand, and that's the best compliment I can give this show," said actor and Park City favorite Marc Raymond. "I've seen people from 10 to 90 years old at this show."
Raymond plays Miss Great Plains in this musical comedy that is structured exactly like a pageant a slightly over-the-top, campy pageant. Hosted by small-time TV star Frankie Cavlier, played by Jason Tatom, the six lovely 'ladies' show amazing style and grace as they vie for the title of Miss Glamoresse 2008.
"Talents range from tap dancing to an accordion-playing roller skater to ventriloquism," Raymond said, chuckling about the first few practices where the 'girls' wore 3-inch heels "very, very uncomfortable."
"It was definitely hard getting the pageant walk down and learning to walk like a girl ... not to mention the swimsuit competition and learning to put on false eyelashes!" Raymond said.
Those seated at the cabaret tables vote on the winner, so the outcome is different each night.
"Laughter is the best medicine, I firmly believe that, and if you want to laugh until you ache, come see "Pageant."
"Pageant," Friday through Oct. 18, The Egyptian Theater, 328 Main, Park City. Also starring Doug Irey, Wayne Burton, Dallin Garber, Sean Carter and Jacob Johnson.
Shows are Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. with Saturday matinees, $16-$34, with cabaret-table seating available (435-649-9371 or www.parkcityshows.com)
Here are the rest of this week's openings:
"Always ... Patsy Cline," Wednesday through Sept. 20, Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State.
Also back by popular demand, "Always ... Patsy Cline" returns to the Grand with the music of America's legendary country star, Patsy Cline, blended in the heartfelt true story of a rare friendship. A fan meets Patsy Cline one night, and the two stay in touch for a lifetime. The show features a live country band and 27 of Cline's greatest hits. Erica Hansen and Toni Byrd reprise the roles that broke records at the box office.
Shows are nightly, 7:30 p.m., except Sunday, with Saturday matinees available, $5-$24 (801-957-3322 or www.the-grand.org).
"Cowboy Poetry in Verse and Lyrics," Thursday night only, Babcock Performing Readers, in the new Little Theatre, Union Building, University of Utah.
Don your western duds and head on out for an evening of cowboy poetry and toe-tappin' music. Brenda "Sam" DeLeeuw and Doug Brewer read their original work. The Johnson Creek Band will perform western favorites and some of their new lyrics.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and parking is free after 6 p.m. in the visitor lot east of the Union building. Admission is free and includes refreshments (www.babcockreaders.com).
"March of the Salt Soldiers," Wednesday through Sept. 19, Utah Valley University Centre Stage Theater, UVU, Provo.
History might just be fun again, thanks to local playwright, actor and UVU professor James Arrington, who was commissioned to write a work about the Utah War. With help from co-writer Mahonri Stewart, "Salt Soldiers" is about a panel discussing the Utah War that swings wildly out of control. Starring Hank Florence, Tatum Haugen, Jean Jenkins, Lawrence McLay, Lauren Moss and Ben Sansom.
Shows are Wednesday, Thursday and Sept. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., $6-$10 (801-863-8797).
"Puss in Boots," Friday through Sept. 27, Children's Theatre & School of the Arts, 237 S. State.
A cat wearing boots? What crazy ideas will this intelligent feline come up with to help his master dig out from the depths of poverty? This classic French fairy tale was adapted by Joanne Parker and stars John Hinckley, Nikki Nixon, Angela M. DeGrazio, Kajsa E. Nelson and Jacob McCrory.
Shows are Friday and Saturday nights, 7 p.m., with Saturday matinees available, $12 (801-532-6000 or www.childrenstheatreandschool.org).