Have you ever thought it would be fun to be a judge in a beauty pageant? Now, you can do so. Just attend the humorous musical "Pageant" in Birmingham, and you may get to judge the winner.

The musical comedy is playing from now through February 11 at the Birmingham Festival Theatre.

Ticket and information here.

"Pageant" is an interactive drama with audience participation.

The Theatre describes the musical:

Like no beauty pageant you've seen before! Six contestants vying for the title of "Miss Glamouresse"! With judges selected from the audience, who will win is anyone's guess!

Pageant is a pageant. Judges selected from the audience actually vote and determine the winner who, therefore, may be different at each performance.

The show takes its shots, not by mocking the pageant from the outside, but by being one. The six contestants compete for the title of Miss Glamouresse (Glamouresse being a cosmetics company). Miss Deep South, Miss West Coast, Miss Great Plains, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Industrial Northeast, and Miss Texas and compete in evening gowns, talent, swim-wear and spokemodeling, plus the finalists answer actual calls from the Glamouresse Beauty Crisis Hotline.

Pageant was first presented at the Blue Angel Theatre in New York City in 1991.

“Screamingly funny!” - New York Times

“Hilarious! Incredible! 90 minutes of the kind of laughter that makes tears run down your face.” - Gannett Newspapers

“So funny I thought I was going to die.” - Susan Powell, Miss America 1981.

‘Pageant’ is one of nine productions slated for the Birmingham Festival Theatre in 2024.  Birmingham is becoming quite a dramatic center. Information on the nine 2024 productions: Birmingham Festival Theatre (bftonline.org)

You've heard of "off-Broadway." Well, Birmingham Festival Theatre is "off-Highway 280."

Jim Zeigler is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at [email protected].

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