The Broadway Beauty Pageant, now in its seventh year, is an annual extravaganza benefiting the Ali Forney Center, NYC’s primary housing resource for homeless LGBTQ youth.
The Broadway Beauty Pageant is a beauty contest of sorts, in which male performers from current Broadway shows compete for the coveted title. Celebrity judges and hosts help to guide contestants through the impressive talent portion, interviews, and the swimsuit competition. In the end, the audience casts ballots to determine who will walk away with the crown.
Participants include Callan Bergmann (Silence! The Musical), Julius C. Carter (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark), Yurel Echezarreta (Matilda), Matthew Goodrich (The Nance), Orion Griffiths (Pippin), and Paul HeeSang Miller (Mamma Mia!).
Returning as your host is Four-time Tony Award nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning actress, Tovah Feldshuh along with celebrity judges, Andrea Martin (Pippin), Michael Urie (Buyer and Cellar), and Billy Porter (Kinky Boots).
Past winners include Andrew Chapelle (Mr. Mamma Mia 2012), Michael Cusumano (Mr. Chicago 2011), Charlie Williams (Mr. Memphis 2010), Anthony Hollock (Mr. Hair 2009), Marty Thomas (Mr. Xanadu 2008) and Frankie James Grande (Mr. Mamma Mia 2007).
Past judges have included: Charles Busch (acclaimed award-winning actor, playwright), Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly’s Last Jam), Christine Ebersole (Tony and multiple award winner actress, cabaret star), Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live, Wicked), Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live), Beth Leavel (Tony Award winner The Drowsy Chaperone, Young Frankenstein), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Jackie Hoffman (Xanadu, Hairspray), Seth Rudetsky (Rhapsody in Seth, Chatterbox, The Ritz), [title of show] stars & creators: Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell, and Jeff Bowen. Past hosts have been Tovah Feldshuh and Anthony Rapp.
All VIP tickets include a Pre and Post VIP Cocktail Reception, gift bag, and premier seating.
The Broadway Beauty Pageant will be directed by Seth Sikes and choreographed by Paul McGill. The evening was conceived by Jeffery Self and will be produced by the Ali Forney Center in association with Ryan Davis.