The evening started out as guests strolled along the "Walk of Fame" to the cocktail hour on the terrace of the Van Wezel Grand Foyer and then it was on to a fab dinner by Michael's On East. I had the lamb and it was yum, yum, yum! Not sure why event chairs are so afraid to serve that. It was so good! I wanted to pick the bones up and get the last little bits, which are the tastiest, but of course, being civilized and not in my own home, I didn't! A quick three part small bites dessert was served and then it was upstairs for the show.
They had a huge committee that worked on decorations and it showed. I don't think I have ever seen the Grand Foyer look so pretty.
Before I forget, there was also a lovely video tribute to the three Leading Ladies - Beathe Elden, Bunny Skirboll, and Anne Folsom Smith. Each one had a "producer", Tina Skestos, Betty Schoenbaum, and Bea Friedman respectively, who spoke about how fabulous each one is, and they truly are all terrific ladies! I know and adore each one. They are such valuable assets to not only the orchestra, but to the entire Sarasota community.
The evening program piece was so charming, made to look like a Broadway Playbill. Barbara Simon, VP of Development was proud to tell me it was all done "in-house". In fact, everything about the evening played to the Bravo Broadway theme and it was done exceeding well.
The actual orchestra performance with three outstanding Broadway stars, Susan Egan, Lisa Vroman, and Doug LaBrecque flew by! I always love this particular performance each year and I believe this year's was the best ever. In addition to his conducting talent, Andrew Lane is as cute as can be when interacting with the performers. He is a joy!
After the show, it was back downstairs to the Grand Foyer for the "Tony Celebration Dessert Buffet" and dancing. The table was piled high with Michael's tempting confections.
It was a long night, starting at 5 PM, but even at 11 PM, there were scads of guests out on the dance floor with some captivating moves! AND, let me tell you, many of them were not youngsters! I was exhausted by then, but they seemed to have all sorts of energy. It was just that kind of night.
Congratulations to co-chairs Helen Glaser and Pam Steves and the staff of the orchestra for an enchanting and well organized evening!
Others seen in the crowd were Gayle Guynup, Mort and Carol Siegler, Jack and Judy Bloch, Barbara Staton, Bob Cutler, Beth Waskom, Stephanie Shaw and Stan Pastor, Dr. Arthur and Lynn Guilford, Mike and Karen Valentino, Edie Chaifetz, Mickey Fine, Susi Steenbarger, Sally Yanowitz, Lois Stulberg, Wendy Surkis and Peppi Elona, Mark and Robin Serbin, Larry and Carol English, Kelley Lavin, Sydney and Jerome Goldstein, David and Jackie Morton, Shelley and Ed Sarbey, Gil and Elisabeth Waters, Phil and Julie Delaney, Doug and Roxie Jerde, and so many fabulous more!
Beathe and Gerald Elden
Bunny and Mort Skirboll
Anne Folsom Smith and Hillary Steele
Helen Glaser and Pam Steves
Orchesta CEO Joe McKenna and Gordon Greenfield
Betty Schoenbaum and Jeremy Lisitza
Scott Anderson with Sherry and Tom Koski
Phil King and Dennis Stover
Flori Roberts and Felice Schulaner
Teri Hansen and Margaret Wise
Denise and Del Cotton
Norma and Sam Savin
Cornelia Matson with friend and Anita Holec
Bette and Arnold Hoffman with Veronica Brady
Pam Daniel and George Augustin
Gerri Aaron and Marv Albert
Greg Gregory and Ilene Friedman
Sandra Lindqvist and Lisa Walsh
Sue Jacobson with Marilyn and Irv Naiditch
Jeffery and Jocelyn Stevens
Al and Barbara Siemer
Late night dancing
The towering centerpiece
The first dessert
The second inning of dessert
Another dessert view