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Above, an occasionally shirtless gallery of photos from The 7th Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant.
Monday night was The 7th Annual Broadway Beauty Pageant, a ribald affair that pits chorus boys from various Broadway shows against each other based on their talent, their ability to sell the good in a swimsuit and their answers to random questions. It raises money for The Ali Forney Center, so attracts a lot of support. The show's celebrity judges don't hurt, either—this year featured Andrea Martin (Pippin), Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar—best play I've seen in years) and Billy Porter (Kinky Boots—I hate that I could not get review tickets to this show, of all shows!), all of whom had just won Drama Desk Awards for their performances the day before.
For the first time, the event was held at NYU's Skirball Center in the Village. Timing being what it is, the event fell on the same day that people from all over the city were gathering down the street to protest the wave of anti-LGBT violence that has swept NYC, including the cold-blooded murder of Mark Carson. It was quite a night-and-day experience for anyone who managed to hit both events, a chance to experience rage and grief before settling into irreverent tomfoolery and balls-out (not literally, unfortch) entertainment.
We arrived early for the red carpet. An adorable couple macked on my companion (why do people assume we're not together?), I had a juicy political chat with an anybody-but-Christine-Quinn operative and I saw my buddies Curtis and Peter. The carpet was somewhat disappointing this year in that two of the judges avoided it, I somehow missed the superdreamy Max von Essen and even the contestants only popped out for a brief photo op. (In the past, I've sometimes interviewed the guys before the show and have had access to the judges.) But on the bright side, the one judge I did get, after she sat with Cindy Adams for a Q&A, was the one I was dying for...the legendary Andrea Martin!
I have not yet seen Pippin (I'm gonna!), but I have heard nothing but raves. Martin, a household name among households with taste for her SCTV past alone, was a total delight. Before our brief interview, she did a pic-with and used it as a way of checking her hair and makeup. "I wish I had someone do that for me tonight!" she fretted, before saying her dress was ridiculous, too. (It wasn't. She is 66 and looks amazing!)
After I'd reassured her that my video camera had a cheap light on it that would blow her out like an Andy Warhol Polaroid of Joan Collins, she answered my questions warmly and gamely, including my query about what, if anything, in her career was something she still can't believe she did or is even embarrassed to admit she did. Who knew that she made a movie in 1971 for Ivan Reitman called Foxy Lady in which she had a brief nude scene? (She claims no one has ever seen it.)
I was also excited to connect with Paul McGill, whom I had encountered when he was plugging his 2009 role in the remake of Fame. He's an amazingly gifted dancer; if you never saw his beauty in the reenactment parts of the spellbinding documentary Man on Wire (2008), you're missing out.
Inside, we were treated to box seating, which was great for the view but less than ideal for shooting. (The judges were stage left, as were we, so I got precious few shots of them.) Great venue, though.
Carl Siciliano said my Encyclopedia Madonnica was a staple of his youth. Wondering what he looks like nekkid is a staple of my oldth.
Oink Tank: Dave Hughes (VP of marketing & PR) & co-founder David Lauterstein of Nasty Pig.
For the sixth year in a row, Tovah Felshuh, 60, was our filthy emcee. The show is set up very loosely, so there's plenty of awkward time to fill. Tovah is the ideal host for the times when you need someone with a faulty filter to vamp.
Before getting raunchy, though, Tovah gave a moving speech in remembrance of Mark Carson that brought down the house and reminded us all that along with fun and games, our community knows how to get pissed off and get involved.
The show was a hoot, as always, from its Our Gang-esque let's-put-on-a-show opening (McGill was the evening's volunteer choreographer) to featured performer Nathan Lee Graham's appearances as a Diana Ross-esque "Fairy Godmother."
The guys competing for the title of Mr. Broadway were:
Callan Bergmann (from Silence! The Musical), Orion Griffiths (Pippin), Julius C. Carter (Spider-Man), Matthew Goodrich (The Nance), Paul Heesang Miller (Mamma Mia) and Yurel Echezarreta (Matilda).
Tyson Ballou is summer-ready.
BROKEN NEWS: Phylllis Diller celebrating Barbra Streisand in 2001.
Mitt Romney not a fan of Barack Obama's. (Who cares?)
Colorado Republican storms away angrily from Aurora victim's dad.
Marriage equality in France is a done deal.
Cannes shooter: "It really appears to be a crazy guy."
Catholic loon Bill Donhue jumps on the IRS wahhh!mbulance.
Jason Bateman & Will Arnett give 'em something' to talk about:
In case you haven't heard, Michael Musto, the longtime Village Voice nightlife reporter and gossip-with-a-purpose, was fired by the paper in a recent "bloodbath" of employees. What the bottom-liners at The Voice don't seem to realize is that in firing Michael Musto, they've voted to kill the paper off entirely. As the editor of a teen magazine I founded, I was often told, "You are that magazine." I always knew that wasn't entirely true, but I do think that proclamation applies to Michael Musto—he truly was the voice of The Village Voice.
THE NEW MARLENE: Preview Madonna's MDNA Tour on Epix.
First-ever film adaptation of a David Sedaris piece to open Outfest.
Herndon Graddick resigns as GLAAD director after a year.
Will Harry Reid really go nuclear this time?
President Obama is squeaky-clean, conservatives can't get over it.
I'LL TAX YOU FIRST: Tagged as a hate group...by Bette Midler.
Colin Egglesfield is attractive.
Sentences can end in prepositions.
New gay dads (my pals) Matt & Josh meet their new twins:
Fleur Cakes doesn't do dyke wedding cakes, probably can't define "ironic."
MANY UNHAPPY RETURNS: Obama sacks IRS head.
Holder IDs Deputy Attorney General in AP "scandal."
John Boehner: "Who's going to jail?" (How about Cheney?)
Republicans waste $55 million against Obamacare.
Hot men like Josh Henderson at the TBS/TNT Upfronts.
HALF-BAKED: Amy's Bakery nutjobs talk to the media.
Fresh, shirtless Hugh Jackman shot from The Wolverine.
Steven Klein uses Matt Woodhouse's ass to sell undies.
Charlie Hides tries on Madonna's Met look for size.
The connections between Madonna, Prince & Jacko.
Save 20% on undies using code BOYCULTURE20.
Four-fifths of The Wanted comes out of the closet.
Watching Behind the Candelabra...from behind bars.
James Franco by Terry Richardson for GQ (June 2013).
One of the photos takes the phrase "skull-fucking" a whole new meaning.