We were there: The Broadway Beauty Pageant

Photographs by the Drunken Photographer

Theater-world in-jokes and beefcake were the main draws for the crowd at Symphony Space at last night's annual Broadway Beauty Pageant, in which chorus boys from various shows strutted their stuff to benefit the Ali Forney Center. Broadway vet Tovah Feldshuh hosted the evening, and the judges (whose votes didn't actually count, since the audience picked the winner) were musical-theater deity Christine Ebersole, playwright and stage star Charles Busch and gossip maven Michael Musto (pinch hitting for a schedule-conflicted Jackie Hoffman). Highlights from the talent portion included Mr. In the Heights (Rickey Tripp) performing an unexpectedly moving monologue from Precious, and a song-and-dance number from eventual winner Mr. Memphis (Charlie Williams). Mr. Wicked (Eddie Pendergraft) brought plenty of humor to the evening, but his visual-aided performance of "I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" was tasteless in a bad way. (Short story: He thinks vaginas are totally gross.) Mr. West Side Story (Wes Hart) elicited loud boos and catcalls of "straight!" when he he changed the gender pronouns in his medley of Lady Gaga hits. Mr. Fela (Daniel Soto) didn't make a huge impression, but he sure looked good! Speaking of which, all of the boys filled out their swimsuits nicely. See for yourself by clicking through the pictures above!