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Straz Center Broadway Ball 2019

Patel Conservatory dancers wowed the crowd at the Broadway Ball.
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Inspired by Disney’s Aladdin, which comes to the Straz Dec. 19-Jan. 5, the performing arts center’s annual Broadway Ball on Oct. 19 was redolent of Arabian Nights, complete with flowing satins, bejeweled turbans and lush brocades — and that was just the guests! Following cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Ruth Silbiger Lobby, attendees proceeded to the Carol Morsani Hall stage for dinner, where lavish table settings set an exotic mood evocative of the musical’s fictional locale, the city of Agrabah, and Aladdin cast members, belly dancers from Kafkasso and Patel Conservatory students performed on a runway stage. Later, at the after-party in the lobby — aka Broadway Ball After Dark — the be-gowned and be-tuxed throngs cut loose on the dance floor to the music of Paradigm. The event, including silent and live auctions, raised more than $400,000 for the Center’s programs.

Straz CEO Judy Lisi (center) with Ernest Lisi and Edith Dressler.

Exotic table settings evoked Agrabah.

Finger cymbals at the ready.

Tom and Mary James.

Dancing up a storm at Broadway Ball After Dark.

Smiles all around.

Smiling after-partiers navigate the crowd.

Much fun was had.

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