The competition was stiff in more ways than one. Orion Griffiths, Mr. Pippin, was crowned as the winner of the sold-out, seventh-annual Broadway Beauty Pageant that was held Monday evening at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
The event raised over $50,000 to benefit the Ali Forney Center, which provides shelter to homeless LGBTQ youth in New York City.
The evening featured Callan Bergmann (Silence! The Musical), Julius C. Carter (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark), Yurel Echezarreta (Matilda), Matthew Goodrich (The Nance), Orion Griffiths (Pippin), and Paul HeeSang Miller (Mamma Mia!). Nathan Lee Graham (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) served as the show’s fairy godmother.
Each of the contestants went head to head in front of a panel of celebrity judges, but ultimately, the final vote was the hands of the audience.