Mr. Broadway 2011: The 5th Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant
By Ellis Nassour
Multiple Tony nom, multiple Drama Desk and Obie-winning Tovah Feldshuh, just back from spreading some Arsenic and Old Lace [opposite Betty Buckley] in Dallas, will return as hostess with the mostest for the Fifth Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant! March 21 @ 8 P.M. @ the Peter Norton Symphony Space [2537 Broadway at 95th Street].
Conceived by Jeffery Self and directed by Ryan Davis, the event will featuring select males from Bway shows and benefit the Ali Forney Center, NY’s primary emergency housing resource for homeless LGBT youth. M.D. will be Christopher Denny.
Passing on his crown will be 2010 winner Charlie Williams, Mr. Memphis, appearing in the revival of How To Succeed… Contestants vying in talent, swimsuit and Q&A are Matt Anctil, La Cage…; Michael Cusumano, Chicago; Raymond Lee, Anything Goes; Brandon Rubendall, Spider-Man…; and James Tabeek, Mary Poppins.
Judges are six-time Emmy winner Bruce Vilanch, SNL/Second City vet Rachel Dratch and OWN-TV Carson-Nation star and Queer Eye… fashion icon Carson Kressley.
Tkts are $25-$150 [VIP, and includes after party and gift bag] and available at S.S.’s box office and on line at www.symphonyspace.org/event/6590-the-5th-annual-broadway-beauty-pageant. For more information, visit www.aliforneycenter.org/beauty.
The Broadway Beauty Pageant adds Lee Roy Reams to open the show in a special number “Beautiful Boys” created by Gerard Alessandrini. The award-winning Tovah Feldshuh will be the host for this not-to-be-missed event on Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 8:00 PM, benefiting The Ali Forney Center, NYC’s primary housing resource for homeless LGBT youth.