Only Scientology joke tires quickly in American Stage's 'Pageant' - 2010-12-14

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F7.png Only Scientology joke tires quickly in American Stage's 'Pageant' December 14, 2010, John Fleming, Tampa Bay Times

In its production, American Stage has also blunted a key aspect of the show, conceived by Alex Timbers, with book, music and lyrics by Kyle Jarrow. Originally, Pageant was performed by a cast of children ages 8-13, and reviewers found that their innocence and unprofessional acting had a certain charm. But concerned about possible intimidation by Scientologists - as happened with a Los Angeles production - the St. Petersburg theater cast six 20-something actors, and the kiddy pageant angle is lost with them in the roles.


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