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Heights, Wicked, West Side, Fela!, Memphis Men to Take Part in Broadway Beauty Pageant

Contestants for Broadway's fourth annual all-male beauty contest, The Broadway Beauty Pageant, have been announced today. The 2010 contestants are Wes Hart (Mr. West Side Story), Eddie Pendergraft (Mr. Wicked), Daniel Soto (Mr. Fela), Rickey Tripp (Mr. In The Heights) and Charlie Williams (Mr. Memphis). Set for Monday evening, April 19th, 8p.m., at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th St.), the popular event is the annual spring benefit for New York's Ali Forney Center.

As previously announced, four-time Tony nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning actress Tovah Feldshuh will host. This year's celebrity judges are Christine Ebersole, Charles Busch and Jackie Hoffman.

The Broadway Beauty Pageant will feature male cast members representing 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 a panel of celebrity judges, but ultimately, the final vote is in the audience's hands.

Conceived by Jeffery Self and directed by Ryan J. Davis, The Broadway Beauty Pageant is musically directed by Christopher Denny with new music by Rick Crom (Newsical). The evening is produced by Ryan J. Davis, Jeffrey Self and Wil Fisher in association with Tim Hur.

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. They have 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, Brooklyn and Queens, 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.

Tickets for The Broadway Beauty Pageant are available at SymphonySpace.org and are $25, $50 and VIP $150. Individual Sponsored tickets range from $250 to $1000. For more information please visit www.aliforneycenter.org/beauty



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