Review: Broadway Beauty Pageant

On Monday, April 19, 2010, I attended the Broadway Beauty Pageant at Symphony Space in NYC which crowns one of five chorus boys "Mr. Broadway."  Directed by Ryan J. Davis & conceived by Jeffrey Self, all proceeds support The Ali Forney Center, dedicated to providing shelter & guidence to GLBT youth who have no where to go because their families have turned their backs on them for being gay. Many of the youth who have benefited from the center's services have now been able to thrive & succeed, from graduating college to getting an internship at CNN. The Ali Forney Center has so much to offer, but have turn hundreds away because all of their beds are occupied. If you are looking to help a truly wonderful organization, consider donating to the Ali Forney Center & help them continue to help the youth of today.

The Broadway Beauty Pageant has contestants participate in 3 categories: talent, interview, & swimsuit competition. In addition to audience votes, there is a celebrity host and judges. Tonight's event was hosted by Tony Award Nominee Tovah Feldshuh (my post show interview with her will be going up soon), who kept the night moving along with her quick wit and humor! The celebrity judges consisted of Tony Award Winner Christine Ebersole, Tony Award Nominee Charles Busch as well as Villiage Voice Michael Musto (who was a last minute replacement for Jackie Hoffman who due to a scheduling conflict, couldn't attend).

The contestants consisted of Eddie Pendergraft (Wicked), Rickey Tripp (In The Heights), Wes Hart (West Side Story), Charlie Williams (Memphis), & Daniel Soto (Fela). The evening started off with the talent portion & talent is what these guys have...Eddie sang his own rendition of Meatloaf's "I Would Do Anyhing For Love, But I Won't Do That" complete with his own incredibly drawn pictures to illustrate his points. Rickey did Monique's monologue from "Precious" which at first had people laughing, because of his shirtless physique & shiny gold shorts, but shortly after he started, the audience was captivated so much that you could hear a pin drop. Wes sang an acoustic medley of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face," "Bad Romance," and "Paparazzi." Charlie showed off both his talent of rhythm & rhyme by first rapping about who he was and then morphing into a flashy interpretive dance, while Daniel did a moving intrpretive dance about fear. Next was the interview portion where the contestants answered various questions from the judges including how they arrived in New York. The evening ended with the hot & hunky men in a swimsuit competition. Let me tell you, those boys define sexiness!

The votes got tallied and the 2010 "Mr. Broadway" title went to Mr. Memphis himself, Charlie Williams! To see Charlie strut his stuff, treat yourself to an evening at the Broadway hit "Memphis."

If you weren't able to make it this year to the Broadway Beauty Pageant, I highly recommend attending next year! It's a fun time while supporting a very worthy cause.

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