Chicago's Michael Cusumano Named Winner of Broadway Beauty Pageant

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Michael Cusumano (Mr. Chicago) was named the winner of the fifth annual all-male Broadway Beauty Pageant, which was presented March 21 at Peter Norton Symphony Space.

Cusumano received standing ovations for his interpretation of his Russian prima ballerina version of the film "Black Swan" dancing on pointe.

Four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh hosted the evening, which began with Broadway veteran Lee Roy Reams, who performed a special number entitled "Beautiful Boys" (created by Forbidden Broadway's Gerard Alessandrini).

The event benefited The Ali Forney Center, NYC's primary housing resource for homeless LGBT youth.

Judges included Bruce Vilanch (six-time Emmy Award winner/comedy writer, who made his Broadway debut in Hairspray), Rachel Dratch ("Saturday Night Live") and Carson Kressley ("Queer Eye," "How To Look Good Naked," "Carson-Nation").

This year's other contestants were Matt Anctil, La Cage aux Folles; Ray 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 was musically directed by Christopher Denny. The evening was produced by Wil Fisher, Ryan J. Davis, Jeffery Self and Matthew Oberstein.

Previous winners include Charlie Williams (Mr. Memphis 2010), Anthony Hollock (Mr. Hair 2009), Marty Thomas (Mr. Xanadu 2008) and Frankie James Grande (Mr. Mamma Mia! 2007).

James Tabeek, Brandon Rubendall, Raymond J. Lee and Matt Anctill
James Tabeek, Brandon Rubendall, Raymond J. Lee and Matt Anctill Photo by Mike Ruiz
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