Miss’d America Pageant Is No Drag

And now for something completely different: The return of the Miss’d America Pageant to Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk Hall.

No, that’s not a typo. Miss’d America is an evening of show-stopping drag queen burlesque sponsored by the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance and the Schultz-Hill Scholarship Foundation. It will take place on January 16 at 8 p.m. inside the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall.

The theme this year is (you guessed it) Boardwalk Empire—or, as the pageant puts it, Boardwalk Empress—and will goof on the gangster era of the ‘20s. The set production and performances will recreate speakeasy America, and competition categories among eight contestants will include evening gown, interview, swimsuit and talent.

Hosts for the evening will include Carson Kressley, host of Bravo’s “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy,” Miss’d America 2010 Michelle Dupree (real name: Scott Cooper) and Robert “Sandy Beach” Hitchen.

Last year, the Miss’d America Pageant raised more than $30,000 for charity; this year’s beneficiaries include the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce, South Jersey AIDS Alliance, Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS, and the Schultz-Hill Scholarship Foundation.

“We are extremely excited to bring Miss’d America back with lavish sets, incredible production numbers featuring the lovely and talented Erika Schiff, along with the Miss’d America dancers, and even more contestants,” said Richard Helfant, president of the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance, in a press release.

Tickets for the pageant—which go for $35, $65 and $100—are on sale now at the Boardwalk Hall box office, all Ticketmaster locations, or by phone at 800-736-1420. A $100 ticket pays for entrance to a pre- and a post-show party, a seat at a table and free parking inside West Hall at Boardwalk Hall.

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