The Third Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant (that I direct & co-produce) is set for Monday, April 20th at the beautiful 800 seat Symphony Space Theater in New York. Tickets start at $50 and all proceeds benefit The Ali Forney Center, an organization that provides services to homeless New York gay youth. Purchase tickets here. I've written about Ali Forney for Huffington Post in the past.
The evening is setup like a traditional beauty pageant, with an American Idolesq twist - judges comment every step of the way. The contestants each represent their Broadway show and compete in talent, interview, formal wear, and everyone's favorite part, the swimsuit competition.
The 2009 contestants are James Brown III (Mr. Little Mermaid), Adam Fleming (Mr. Wicked),Anthony Hollock (Mr. Hair), Tony James (Mr. Lion King), David Larsen (Mr. Billy Elliot), Jonathan Sandler (Mr. Mary Poppins) and John Selya (Mr. Guys & Dolls). Past winners include Frankie James Grande (Mr. Mamma Mia) and Marty Thomas (Mr. Xanadu), who are both set to perform. Seth Rudetsky and Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) are confirmed to judge. We'll announce additional judges and a celebrity host soon.
Thanks to Playbill, Broadway World, & Theatremania for their coverage today!
For some fun background on the show, read this interview with pageant-creator Jeffery Self and me from Edge New York, April 10th 2007.
More 2008 Photos at Broadway World!