2014 Globe Gala

Saturday, July 26
The Old Globe's Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts in Balboa Park

Co-Chairs, Nina Doede, Deni Jacobs, and Sheryl White

Over 380 guests attended The Old Globe’s 2014 Gala, “Summer Splendor,” on July 26 on the Globe’s historic campus in Balboa Park. When final proceeds and expenses are tallied, the black-tie event is expected to net more than $1 million for the theatre’s artistic and educational activities. Nina Doede, Deni Jacobs, and Sheryl White served as Co-Chairs for the Globe Gala, and lead underwriters for the evening were Audrey Geisel, Darlene Marcos Shiley, Conrad Prebys and Debra Turner, and Sheryl and Harvey White, with many other guests making generous gifts.

The evening began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Globe’s Copley Plaza, which was bedecked with floating paper lanterns. Guests were welcomed by the Gala Co-Chairs, along with Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, and mingled on the plaza’s grand entrance as the sun set over Balboa Park.

Guests were then delighted by a surprise flash mob performance by Culture Shock Dance Troupe, San Diego’s premiere hip-hop dance company. Thirty-five young dancers, disguised as ushers, sprang into a choreographed dance, set to Pharrell Williams’s summer anthem “Happy,” from different points on the plaza, culminating in an exuberant performance on the central dance floor. The members of Culture Shock then led partygoers indoors to the next event of the evening.

Gala guests entered the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, for an exclusive concert on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage by Tony Award winner Laura Benanti. Known for her roles on Broadway in Gypsy, Into the Woods, and In the Next Room, as well as starring roles on numerous television series, Benanti offered a one-night-only performance based on her smash hit New York cabaret (and new CD) In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention. Accompanied by Todd Almond, her set included musical theatre showstoppers such as “On the Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady and “Unusual Way” from Nine, which she performed opposite Antonio Banderas in the musical’s 2003 Broadway revival. She also sang a number of contemporary popular hits, like Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games,” Harry Chapin’s “Mister Tanner,” and a hilarious medley of songs by BeyoncĂ©, Sisqo, Sir Mix-a-Lot, and more. She even accompanied herself on one of her own original numbers, “Ukulele Song,” and as an encore performed Joni Mitchell’s “Conversation” for the cheering crowd.

After the performance, guests exited the theatre directly onto Copley Plaza, which was transformed into a summertime paradise. Rich orange linens were adorned with shining silverware and gleaming glass plateware arranged around centerpieces featuring orange, yellow, and purple blooms and hoops of woven wood. The sumptuous dinner, catered by Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, began with Corn and Basil Panna Cotta and Freshly Baked La Brea Artisan Breads, followed by entrĂ©es of Lemon and Herb-Crusted Sea Bass, Roasted Beef Filet, and Potato and Goat Cheese Gnocchi. The decadent meal ended with a plated Chocolate Trio. The dinner was complemented with a selection of wines, including 2009 GEN 7 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay “Reserve” and 2009 GEN 7 Cabernet Sauvignon “Reserve.” Gala guests then danced into the night to the lively music of Midnight Special on the Copley Plaza dance floor under a canopy of golden lights and lanterns, and the night sky lit up with a dazzling fireworks display that illuminated the entire Globe campus.



Event Photos

(from left) Old Globe Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, Gala Co-Chairs Deni Jacobs and Sheryl White, Gala performer Laura Benanti, Co-Chair Nina Doede, and Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein at The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, Saturday, July 26 on the Globe's history campus in Balboa Park. Photo by Bob Ross.
(from left) Co-Chairs Sheryl White, Deni Jacobs, and Nina Doede at The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, Saturday, July 26 on the Globe's history campus in Balboa Park. Photo by Douglas Gates.
(from left) Conrad Prebys, Debra Turner, Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, Hilit Edelstein, Darlene Marcos Shiley, and Old Globe Managing Director Michael G. Murphy at The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, Saturday, July 26 on the Globe's history campus in Balboa Park. Photo by Douglas Gates.
(from left) Dave Darwin, Old Globe Board Chair Elaine Darwin, Stacey Foxworth, and Old Globe Associate Artist Robert Foxworth at The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, Saturday, July 26 on the Globe's history campus in Balboa Park. Photo by Bob Ross.
(from left) Irwin and Joan Jacobs, San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, and San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister at The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, Saturday, July 26 on the Globe's history campus in Balboa Park. Photo by Douglas Gates.
(from left) Old Globe Managing Director Michael G. Murphy and San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria at The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, Saturday, July 26 on the Globe's history campus in Balboa Park. Photo by Douglas Gates.
Karen and Donald Cohn at The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, Saturday, July 26 on the Globe's history campus in Balboa Park. Photo by Douglas Gates.
Harry and Valerie Cooper at The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, Saturday, July 26 on the Globe's history campus in Balboa Park. Photo by Bob Ross.
Andrew and Erna Viterbi at The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, Saturday, July 26 on the Globe's history campus in Balboa Park. Photo by Bob Ross.
(from left) Karin Winner, Anne Evans, Deborah Szekely, and Ann Davies at The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, Saturday, July 26 on the Globe's history campus in Balboa Park. Photo by Bob Ross.
(from left) Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, Gala performer Laura Benanti, and Old Globe Managing Director Michael G. Murphy at The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, Saturday, July 26 on the Globe's history campus in Balboa Park. Photo by Bob Ross.
The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, Saturday, July 26 on the Globe's history campus in Balboa Park. Photo by Douglas Gates.
   
   
Fireworks light up the sky at The Old Globe's 2014 Gala, Saturday, July 26 on the Globe's history campus in Balboa Park. Photo by Douglas Gates.
   



Artist Bio

 

Laura Benanti has brought her unique abilities to comedies, dramas, and musicals since she took Broadway by storm at the age of 18. She received a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Tony Award nomination for her starring role in the Broadway production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown for Lincoln Center Theater, where she also starred in Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, or the vibrator play. Benanti also demonstrated her comic flair in The Public Theater’s production of Christopher Durang’s Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them. Benanti earned the 2008 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her revelatory portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy opposite Patti LuPone and directed by Arthur Laurents. Her other Broadway roles include her Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award-nominated performance of Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods and her sultry Tony-nominated turn in Swing! She also starred opposite Antonio Banderas as his muse in the celebrated revival of Nine. Benanti began her multifaceted career as Maria in The Sound of Music opposite Richard Chamberlain. Most recently, she starred in the City Center Encores! revival of Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella. Her other distinguished theater performances include Perdita in The Winter’s Tale at Williamstown Theatre Festival opposite Kate Burton, Anne in A Little Night Music at LA Opera opposite Victor Garber, and Eileen in Wonderful Town at City Center Encores! opposite Donna Murphy. Benanti recently completed a week-long engagement at the popular New York cabaret club 54 Below, for which The New York Times hailed her as a “supremely confident” performer whose “bright, full soprano, with its semioperatic heft, can go almost anywhere.” In September 2013, she released her debut album, In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention: Live at 54 Below on Broadway Records, to ecstatic reviews. Benanti recently received raves for her performance as Elsa Schraeder in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood. She will soon be seen on “The Good Wife” and recur on HBO’s “Nurse Jackie.” Recently she starred in the NBC series “The Playboy Club” and “Go On” opposite Matthew Perry. Her other television roles include co-starring on “Starved,” recurring roles on “Royal Pains,” “The Big C,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “Eli Stone,” and guest starring on “Elementary” and “Life on Mars.” Benanti can be seen in the films Take the Lead and Meskada. She currently resides in Manhattan.