Photo Coverage: The BROADWAY BEAUTY PAGEANT Preview! Brent Barrett and More!
This year's Broadway Beauty Pageant will take place on Monday evening, March 19th, at 8p.m. at Symphony Space. The popular event is the annual benefit of New York's Ali Forney Center. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the rehearsal yesterday, March 8, and takes you inside below!
Celebrity judges for the sixth annual The Broadway Beauty Pageant include Jackie Hoffman (The Addams Family), pop culture columnist Michael Musto, and Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, or Change).
Participants include 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). Brent Barrett (Chicago) and past Pageant winners Frankie James Grande (Mamma Mia!), Michael Cusumano (Chicago) and Anthony Hollock (Hair) are set to perform. As previously announced, four-time Tony nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning actress Tovah Feldshuh will host.
The Broadway Beauty Pageant will feature Chappelle, Ferguson, Mach, Swimm, and Wayne as they represent their respective Broadway shows, competing for the title crown through talent, interview, and swimsuit competitions. The contestants will go head to head in front of this panel of celebrity judges, but ultimately, the final vote is in the audience’s hands. Past judges have included Bruce Vilanch, Carson Kressley, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Michael Musto, Christine Ebersole, Beth Leavel, Charles Busch, and Seth Rudetsky.
The Broadway Beauty Pageant is written and conceived by Jeffery Self and directed by Ryan J. Davis, with musical direction by Christopher Denny. The evening is presented by Time Warner NYC, HBO and The Corcoran Group, and produced by Ryan J. Davis, Wil Fisher, and Matthew Oberstein. The casting is by Daryl Eisenberg, the lighting design is by Brian Tovar, and the choreography is by Erin Porvaznika.
Tickets for The Broadway Beauty Pageant are available at www.SymphonySpace.org or by calling the box office at 212-864-5400, and are $25, $50 and VIP $150. Individual Sponsored tickets range from $250 to $1000 and can be purchased by contacting Wil Fisher at email@example.com
Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski