If you want to get gay men to donate money, it’s a cinch: show ’em nearly-naked gorgeous men! (It’s actually a good way to get gay men to do almost anything.)
A benefit for The Ali Forney Center, the annual Broadway Beauty Pageant is coming to New York on May 20. New York theater’s hunkiest chorus boys will compete in talent, interview and swimsuit competition. (Wonder if they’ll ask them what they think of gay marriage?)
Tovah Feldshuh has hosted the event the past few years and, let us tell you, she gets bawdier than you’d think known for playing Golda Meir could. Past judges have included Rachel Dratch, Michael Musto, Christine Ebersole and Jackie Hoffman.
Hmm, Forget the men—can we hang out with the judges? [Broadway Beauty Pageant]
HOW TO STRITCH A DOLLAR
You know you’d pay top dollar to see Elaine Stritch sitting on a park bench. Well, you can aim higher with Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, the feature-length documentary about the 86-year-old Broadway vet.
The documentary includes interviews with a host of talents who have worked with Stritch—and are still talking to her—including At Liberty collaborator George C. Wolfe, Company and Show Boat director Hal Prince, 30 Rock’s Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, James Gandolfini and others.
Shoot Me has been shot, but it still need funds for final editing, music licensing, mixing and all those other things people get Oscars for. So director Chiemi Karasawa has set up an Indiegogo page for donations, which include some pretty posh prizes for folks who add a few extra zeros.
If you donate $10,000, you the honor of a personalized voicemail message from Stritchy herself! Need some incentive? Check out this absolutely hilarious trailer.
FIVE YEARS WITH JEREMY
Whatever you think of Smash, one thing is undeniable: Jeremy Jordan is smokin’. (His character, not so much.) Now the Tony-nominated star of Newsies is heading to the big screen in a film version of The Last Five Years, a two-character musical from Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Urban Cowboy).
Jordan plays opposite Anna Kendrick as an aspiring writer and actress who share a roller-coaster relationship over the course of five years.
The film begins shooting later this year with director Richard LaGravanese. [Broadway.com]