Catherine D. Anspon. Photography Jenny Antill, Priscilla Dickson. | Photos by Priscilla Dickson, Jenny Antill
- September 05, 2013
- Event Date:
- May 04, 2013
Move Over El Morocco
Not often does the deco grande dame JPMorgan Chase Building transform its marble-and-travertine lobby from a showplace for commercial endeavors to the stage for one of the leading benefits of the social season. But this spring was such an occasion, when Carol and Mike Linn chaired the Alley Theatre Ball, christened Supper Club in an ode to the glamorous sip, sup and dance palaces that defined 1930s and ‘40s Manhattan nightlife. The evening in one of the most beautifully preserved gilded skyscrapers in America also referenced the Alley’s own $73 million capital campaign, which restores and updates its iconic 1968 Ulrich Franzen-designed building. Richard Flowers’ The Events Company took cues from legendary spots such as El Morocco for the zebra-striped, dramatically lit and gardenia-perfumed room, while City Kitchen found inspiration in classics — 21 Club’s Senegalese soup, bacon-wrapped filet mignon and pêche melba. Also contributing to the sublime was the dulcet voice of Linda Eder, famed for her star turn on the Alley then Broadway stages in Jekyll & Hyde; Eder brought down the house with “Someone Like You.” Clinking flutes of Moët & Chandon Nectar Imperial Rosé Champagne: visionary artistic director Gregory Boyd with best gal/actress Josie de Guzman, in from NYC; managing director Dean Gladden and wife Jane; JPMorgan Chase’s Marty Goossen and wife Kathy; Connie and Roger Plank; Lori Krohn, squired by Phillip Sarofim; auction chairman Karen Aspromonte with husband Bob; The Tasting Room’s Jonathan Horowitz,; Louis Vuitton’s Juliet Moths and Andre Avina; Leonard Rutan and Dominic Cellitti; and upcoming gala chairs Andrew Cordes and Brian Teichman, who also gave a hand as luxury goods chairs. (Save the date: Alley Ball Ultimate Construction, Saturday, April 12, 2014).