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Lee Roy Reams Joins Broadway Beauty Pageant

The Broadway Beauty Pageant adds Lee Roy Reams to open the show in a special number "Beautiful Boys" created by Gerard Alessandrini. The award-winning Tovah Feldshuh will be the host for this not-to-be-missed event on Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 8:00 PM, benefiting The Ali Forney Center, NYC's primary housing resource for homeless LGBT youth. The annual show will again be at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (at 95th Street). This year's contestants are: Matt Anctil, La Cage aux Folles; Michael Cusumano, Chicago; Raymond J. Lee, Anything Goes; Brandon Rubendall, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; and James Tabeek, Mary Poppins. Conceived by Jeffery Self and directed by Ryan J. Davis, The Broadway Beauty Pageant is musically directed by Christopher Denny, choreographer is Erin Porvaznika. Brian Tovar is the lighting designer The evening is produced by Wil Fisher, Ryan J. Davis, Jeffery Self and Matthew Oberstein.

Lee Roy Reams won critical acclaim as Roger DeBris (Broadway, First National Company) in, The Producers (Carbonell Award, Washington DC's prestigious Helen Hayes Award, and Las Vegas Life Award). Columnist Liz Smith calls him "Broadway's Darling" and the New York Times hails him as "Broadway's song-and-dance man nonpareil" for his leading role in David Merrick's legendary 42nd Street (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Albin/ZaZa in La Cage aux Folles, Cornelius Hackl in Hello Dolly! and Henry Spofford in Lorelei (both starring Carol Channing), Duane Fox in Applause starring Lauren Bacall, Will Parker in Richard Rodgers' Lincoln Center revival of Oklahoma!. On Broadway, he directed Hello, Dolly! (Tony Nomination/Best Revival) and An Evening with Jerry Herman. He also directed Anything Goes starring Chita Rivera and productions of Hello, Dolly! ( Madeline Kahn, JoAnne Worley, Michele Lee, Leslie Uggams and in Paris).

Gerard Alessandrini is best known for writing and directing all the editions of Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood, in New York, Los Angeles, London and around the world as well was also a member of the original cast. It has spawned 15 editions, eight cast albums and a 24-year-and-counting run. Television credits include writing comedy specials for Bob Hope and Angela Lansbury on NBC, Carol Burnett on CBS and "Masterpiece Tonight" on PBS, a satirical revue saluting Masterpiece Theater He is the recipient of an Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, two Lucille Lortel Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Drama League, and three Drama Desk Awards.

The trio of outstanding and hilarious judges for the 5th Smash Year of The Broadway Beauty Pageant are: Bruce Vilanch, the six-time Emmy Award winner comedy writer and actor who is one of the most sought after jokesmiths in the entertainment industry; Rachel Dratch, best known for her years as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, and who is an award winning comic actress from Second City; and Carson Kressley, who was the fashion expert on Queer Eye, the host of the TV show How To Look Good Naked, and now hosts Carson-Nation on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Tovah Feldshuh starred in Irena's Vow (received the BroadwayWorld.com Theatre Fans' Choice Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play. From Yentl to Saravà! to Lend Me A Tenor to Golda's Balcony, she has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Obie, the Theatre World Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress (Golda's Balcony which became the longest-running one-woman show in the history of Broadway.

The previous winners have been: Charlie Williams (Mr. Memphis 2010), Anthony Hollock (Mr. Hair 2009), Marty Thomas (Mr. Xanadu 2008), and Frankie James Grande (Mr. Mamma Mia 2007).

Tickets are priced at $25, $50, and $150 VIP and are on sale online at http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/6590-the-5th-annual-broadway-beauty-pageant, via phone at (212) 864-5400 or in person at the box office. $150 VIP tickets include a gift bag and private after party. For sponsorship information please contact Wil Fisher at (212) 400-0282. The Event Website is http://aliforneycenter.org/beauty/

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, 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. The Ali Forney Center is at 224 West 35th St., Suite 1102 New York, NY 10001 (212) 222-3427 and the fax is (212) 222-5861. www.aliforneycenter.org

 



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