May 1, 2012
A Tony Evening-2012
Justin Guarini Headlines a Marquee Night for Alliance Theatre
- Photos by Greg Mooney
The Alliance Theater rolled out the red carpet for its showstopper bash at Loews Hotel, Midtown, with the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County star as the celeb entertainment for the evening.
The mother-daughter duo of Lila Hertz and Amy Agami served as co-chairs of the event (Amy clad in Jason Wu, Lila in Azzedine Alaia). The event honored Ingrid Saunders Jones, Senior VP of The Coca-Cola Company and Chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation. Other VIPs included Alliance Theatre Artistic Director Susan V. Booth, Mike Morris of North Highland Worldwide Consulting, the Presenting Sponsor, and American Idol and Ghost Brothers of Darkland County star Justin Guarini.
Loews Hotel Atlanta in Midtown
A theatrical crowd of black-tie guests enjoyed cocktails on the terrace, a three-course gourmet dinner with starter, entrée and dessert duos courtesy of Loews Hotel, a luxury live and silent auction; and live entertainment by Justin Guarini, who commanded the stage with his star presence and powerhouse vocal range. Guarini is the current star of Alliance Theatre’s world premiere of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a Southern Gothic musical created by John Mellencamp, Stephen King and T Bone Burnett (through May 13). Luxury auction items included a trip to the Tony Awards in NYC, a Grammy Awards experience, custom jewels by Jonathan Shapero and Universal Diamonds, and a live taping of American Idol. The décor was created by A Legendary Event and theatrical lighting by Bruce Harlan of Lighting and Production Equipment.
Among the crowd of revelers: Shirley Franklin, Linda and Steve Selig, Angie and John Keller, Victoria and Howard Palefsky, Tracie Arnold, Mary and Jay Williams, Scarlet Pressley Brown, Kimberly and Joel Babbit, Debbie and David Dermer, Helen Smith Price, Tamara Bowens, Todd Tautfest, Johanna Ellis, Charlene Crusoe-Ingram, John and Dina Geisler, Leslie McLeod, Nina Cheney, Pearl Cleage, Jeffrey McQuithy, Louise Sams.
Presenting Sponsor: North Highland Worldwide Consulting; Marquee Sponsor: Loews Hotel Atlanta; Producing Sponsors: AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot Foundation; Directing Sponsors: Bryan Cave, Cartoon Network, Delta Airlines, Jonathan Buckhead, and PGI.
Proceeds from A Tony Evening benefit the educational programs at The Alliance Theatre.