The soaring art deco lobby of Downtown’s JP Morgan Chase building was transformed from executive to exceptional for the Alley Theatre’s annual gala, channeling the past-era grandeur of a New York supper club. The setting and the not coincidental theme all fit perfectly into the Gatsby-glam trend of the moment.
The evening was chaired by Carol and Mike Linn, who welcomed the theater’s Managing Director Dean Gladden and wife Jane, along with nearly 400 dressed-for-dinner guests, including Gracie and Bob Cavnar and Kathy and Marty Goossen.
Tables filled the space, splashed with accents of red, gold and zebra stripes and topped with centerpieces of white gardenias. Crystal buckets proffered rare Moet and Chandon Nectar Imperial Rosé Champagne at each table. During dinner—City Kitchen’s bacon-wrapped filet mignon with a tasty mustard sauce, and a fruity dessert of peche melba with raspberries, raspberry coulis and crème fraiche gelato—guests savored the sounds of the Anthony Caceres Legacy Band.
After dinner, Broadway babe Linda Eder took the stage with rousing renditions of legendary songs such as “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”
She also performed “Someone Like You” from the musical Jekyll and Hyde, which premiered at the Alley in 1990 with Eder in the starring role. The show was directed by Gregory Boyd, who is still the theater’s executive director today.
And guests didn’t have to stop listening to Eder when they left for the night: Upon their departure, patrons received a copy of her greatest hits album!
The evening, which included an auction with items like getaways to Chianti or Costa Rica, helped fund the theater’s $73 million capital campaign for interior and exterior renovations, its first major overhaul since 1968.
The theme for next year’s Alley Ball, by the way? “Ultimate Construction.”
Photography by Jenny Antill & Priscilla Dickson