03 Jan About Last Night: On the Town with T&C Editors as the Winter Gala Season Kicks Off
Last night, at the ornately frescoed Cunard building in Lower Manhattan, their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert and Princess Charlene (wearing Dior couture) of Monaco met the Queen. Queen Latifah, that is.
The hip hop legend and Academy-Award nominee (also in Dior) was honored with the Prince Rainier III award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the arts. Before that, 21 talented dancers, actors, directors, and choreographers from across the United States were honored with Princess Grace Awards, which identify and assist emerging talent through their formidable years.
Two previous winners, choreographer Camille A. Brown and Broadway star Leslie Odom, Jr. of Hamilton fame, were also honored for their recent artistic milestones. Odom Jr. won this year’s Best Supporting Actor in a Musical and is set to star in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming remake of Murder on the Orient Express. “I play the Sean Connery character, can you believe it?” he told T&C. — Whitney Robinson
NEW YORK CITY CENTER GALA
Carmen Cusack, Zachary Levi, Ruthie Ann Miles, Phylicia Rashad, and more joined Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford in Sunday in the Park with George at New York City Center‘s Fall Gala performance last night.
The annual evening honored power patron of the arts Adrienne Arsht, whose endless contributions include a $30 million donation to the City of Miami’s Performing Arts Center now known as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1984 musical Sunday in the Park with George spans three centuries: It’s set in the 19th century, written in the 20th, and as Mrs. Arsht pointed out on stage, the fact that it’s being performed (and still relevant) in the 21st century is a testament to the everlasting impact of the arts. —Sarah Bray
“The most amazing place you’ve ever visited – pick one.”
“I can’t . . . So many . . . I don’t know . . . Angkor Wat?”
“Grand Central Station.”
This was the conversation happening simultaneously at most if not all the tables last night at the Plaza, where the World Monuments Fund put on its 29th annual Hadrian Gala and Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Mica Ertegün, Fernanda Kellogg, and Monika McLennan were among those commandingly entertained by Jessye Norman. (If everyone had Ms. Norman exhorting them to “Climb Every Mountain,” as she did last night, we’d all have summited a pyramid or Art Deco skyscraper by now this morning.)
The man of the evening was Bottega Veneta creative director Tomas Maier, who has battled to preserve Modernist masterpieces such as Japan’s Hotel Okura, whose impending teardown was highlighted last year by T&C.
Before the meal, we attempted to challenge Maier’s knowledge by asking him about an obscure, derelict home on St. Bart’s once owned by the Rockefellers and designed by the architect Nelson Aldrich. “I’ve seen it,” he smiled, recalling details of the roofing. —Ben Howe
STUDIO MUSEUM OF HARLEM FALL GALA
Last night, the Studio Museum in Harlem held a gala in downtown Manhattan to honor the Ford Foundation and its president, Darren Walker. The evening began with cocktails at the stately Museum of American Finance (where some took the opportunity to get a quick banking lesson) before guests—including David Adjaye, Bethann Hardison, Mark Bradford, and Laurie M. Tisch—headed across the street to Cipriani Wall Street for dinner and dancing. —Leena Kim