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News Feldshuh Replaces Beach As Mr. Broadway Host
Four-time Tony nominee Tovah Feldshuh will host Mr. Broadway 2007, the inaugural male Broadway beauty pageant that will be held at New World Stages.

Feldshuh replaces the previously announced Gary Beach, who has withdrawn from the one-night-only event due to a scheduling conflict.

All Shook Up's Cheyenne Jackson and Chatterbox host Seth Rudetsky will judge the competition, which will be presented April 30 at 8 PM. Written and conceived by Jeffrey Self, the evening will feature direction by Ryan J. Davis with musical direction by Eric Svejcar. The competition will benefit the Ali Forney Center.

Contestants will include Nick Adams (Pirate Queen), Ward Billeisen (Curtains), Frankie James Grande (Mamma Mia!), Kenway Kua (Wicked), Tyler Maynard (Mary Poppins), Paul McGill (A Chorus Line), Arbender Robinson (Hairspray) and Nick Sanchez (Tarzan).

Contestants, according to a press release, "will compete for the title crown through talent, interview and swimsuit competitions. Each of the contestants will go head to head in front of celebrity judges [Jackson and Rudetsky] but ultimately, the final vote is in the audience's hands."

The pageant will boast original songs by The Drowsy Chaperone's Lisa Lambert, Glen Kelly, Caligula's Eric Svejcar, Ben Cohen and Sean McDaniel. Producers are Ryan J. Davis, Nick Malone and Jeffrey Self, in association with Tim Hur.

Tovah Feldshuh received Tony Award nominations for her work in Golda's Balcony, Yentl, Sarava and Lend Me a Tenor. Her theatre roles have also garnered the actress four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, an Obie and a Theatre World Award.

Tickets, priced $50-500, are available by visiting www.mrbroadway.org. New World Stages is located in Manhattan at 340 West 50th Street.

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