Alley Theatre Gala Recreates Golden Age Of Café Society
By Jen Roosth Photography by Jenny Antill and Priscilla Dickson
True to Alley Theatre style, this year’s Supper Club-themed gala was a fabulously theatrical affair. Almost 400 guests were transported back to the golden age of the glamorous and chic supper clubs, including after dinner entertainment by famed Broadway songbird Linda Eder. Eder, who starred in the Alley Theatre’s Jekyll and Hyde in 1990 was excited to return to the Alley in conjunction with the recent announcement of a $73 million capital campaign.
The 1920s historic JPMorgan Chase Building (formerly known as the Gulf Building) served as the perfect art deco venue reminiscent of a sophisticated New York supper club. Just how do you turn an old bank building lobby into a whimsical scene from The Cotton Club? Naturally, you call Richard Flowers and The Events Company who donned tables with red, cream and gold zebra stripe table linens adorned with centerpieces of white gardenias. Plus, a crystal wine bucket of champagne. City Kitchen prepared a mean inspired by the New York’s 21 Club, while the Tasting Room provided the evening’s wines.
Also notable at the event was the extensive auction chaired by Karen Aspomonte, with packages ranging from extravagant vacations (Paris, Costa Rica, and Chianti, to name a few) to diamond jewelry (courtesy of Valobra Jewels) to a private fashion show luncheon (hosted by Neiman Marcus). At the end of the evening, Ball Chairs Carol and Mike Linn even provided guests with a party favor copy of Linda Eder’s Greatest Hits CD to keep the supper club tunes playing on the ride home and beyond.