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Thursday, March 24, 2011

More from the BAM Theater Gala

Hugh Jackman, Pat Schoenfeld, and Baz Luhrmann arriving at the BAM Opera House lobby (© 2011 Etienne Frossard)
The March 10th BAM Theater Gala was a resounding success and the fabulous feedback keeps coming! More photos have also arrived – view this full article for additional hightlights from the event, our guests, and press...

At the BAM Theater Gala on March 10th, many of BAM's most distinguished patrons annd supporters came out to Brooklyn to celebrate Geoffrey Rush and Belvoir's sold-out run of The Diary of a Madman.

Following a grand Russian Banquet Dinner on the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House stage and a stiring performance of The Diary of a Madman, gala guests made their way to the post-show Samovars and Sweets Dessert Party in the BAM Lepercq Space to toast Geoffrey Rush and Australia's Belvoir Theater company. The star-studded evening garnered great coverage from many publications including Variety, Wall Street Journal, and New York Social Diary

Check out some of the highlights below!
BAM Vice Chairman Adam Max and wife Diane arriving to cocktails and dinner (© 2011 Elena Olivo)

Event decor specialist Fleurs Bella decked out the Opera House stage for over 500 guests as they enjoyed an exciting menu prepared by caterer Great Performances (© 2011 Elena Olivo)

Liz Giamatti, Gala Chair Amy W. Schulman and guests at dinner (© 2011 Elena Olivo)

BAM Vice Chairman Bill Campbell (left) with guest and BAM member Rina Anoussi (© 2011 Elena Olivo)

After the performance guests made their way to the BAM Lepercq Space for the Samovars & Sweets Dessert Party where they enjoyed cocktails and mingled with the cast  (© 2011 Elena Olivo)

Director Neil Armfield and Bank of America New York City Market President Jeffery H. Barker (© 2011 Elena Olivo)

BAM members Carol Hickey, Sheena Young, Dionne Gordon & Lorie Blosser (© 2011 Elena Olivo)

Friends of BAM and celebrity DJ duo AndrewAndrew with their mobile iPad docks at the post-show dessert party (© 2011 Elena Olivo)

Australia's Robert Oatley Vineyards sponsored the entire evening with chardonnay and shiraz from Mudgee, Australia(© 2011 Elena Olivo)

Brooklyn's own Brooklyn Gin featured two fantastic cocktails for guests, inspired by the The Diary of a Madman: the "Mad Melon" and "Poprischin's Candle" (© 2011 Elena Olivo)

Coopers Brewery from Australia provided an array of their award winning beer for the evening (© 2011 Elena Olivo)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Highlights from the BAM Theater Gala

Geoffrey Rush with BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo and BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins, arriving at the Samovars & Sweets Dessert Party
Last night's BAM Theater Gala celebrated our fabulous 2011 Theater Season, particularly The Diary of a Madman, and the gala definitely matched the on-stage performances in taking our audience's breath away. Between the spectacular dinner on the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House Stage, the tremendous Belvoir company, and the wonderful guests in attendance, it was quite an unforgettable night of festivities - more details in the full article...\

Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal arriving at the BAM Harvey Theater

The Russian Banquet Dinner kicked off the gala night, followed by a tremendous performance of The Diary of a Madman, and a Samovars & Sweets Dessert Party.  The dinner was attended by 500 guests on the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House stage - Hugh Jackman, David Hyde Pierce, Baz Luhrmann,, NYC Cultural Commissioner Kate Levin, Jeffrey Barker, Merryl Tisch, Pat Schoenfield, and director Neil Armfield, to name a few.  More coverage on the dinner by Bloomberg here!

We'll be publishing more highlights of the BAM Theater Gala in the coming days, but in the meantime here are some images taken throughout the night of the festivities including some of the other fabulous guests who attended!  And selected links to additional press coverage: The New York Times Nocturnalist, Just Jared,,,, Guest of a Guest,

Mario Batali

Merryl Tisch and guest at the Russian Banquet Dinner

Baz Luhrmann at the Samovars & Sweets Dessert Party

Geoffrey Rush speaking at the Samovars & Sweets Dessert Party after his sold-out performance in The Diary of a Madman

Blake Lively

Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy

The Russian Banquet Dinner on the stage of the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House decked out by Fleurs Bella.

Photos by Elena Olivo & Etienne Frossard.