The sixth annual Broadway Beauty Pageant was held on Monday night, and it was a fantastic evening of music, dance, laughter, and hot men. This event brings together male cast members representing their respective Broadway shows, and these guys compete for the title crown through talent, interview and swimsuit competitions.
Naturally, this is not a simple popularity contest, but a charity event benefiting the Ali Forney Center. AFC was started in June 2002 in response to the lack of safe shelter for LGBT youth in New York City. According to the press release, the AFC has "grown quickly to become the nation's largest and most comprehensive organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youth. They are committed to providing LGBT youth with safe, dignified, nurturing environments where their needs can be met and where they can begin to put their lives back together. The center provides short and long term housing in Manhattan and Brooklyn, plus free medical care, HIV testing, mental health services, showers, food, computer access and job training and placement at its drop-in centers in Chelsea and Brooklyn."
This year's show raised a record-breaking $75,000 for homeless LGBT youth.
Hosted by four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh (Golda's Balcony, Lend Me a Tenor, Sarava, Yentl), the celebrity judges included Jackie Hoffman (Xanadu, Hairspray), Michael Musto (Village Voice) and Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly's Last Jam). The event was directed by Ryan J. Davis, written and conceived by Jeffery Self, with Christopher Denny as the musical director.
Participants included Andrew Chappelle (Mamma Mia!), Wilkie Ferguson, III (Porgy and Bess), Corey Mach (Godspell), Jesse Swimm (Mary Poppins) and Anthony Wayne (Priscilla Queen of the Desert). And the winner was... Check out the slides below to see more. We list the winner underneath the slide show. --JOE THOMPSON