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Play Date

| April 24, 2012 | Parties National

THE PARTY Abuzz over the new musical Hands on a Hardbody, the La Jolla Playhouse hosted its annual gala. Plush banquettes, sleek ghost chairs and multilevel platforms, courtesy of the Playhouse’s talented set designers, added to the night’s cool, clubby vibe. After dinner, guests let their hair down and took their stilettos off at the alfresco after-party with songstress Sue Palmer and her band. THE HIGHLIGHTS Tony Award-winning stage and screen actor Peter Gallagher headlined the night, captivating the audience with a cabaret set that included a rendition of “Luck Be a Lady” from his turn as Sky Masterson in Broadway’s Guys and Dolls. Other bold-faced names of the night included actress Charlayne Woodard and renowned casting agent and gala honoree Bernie Telsey. BEST IN SHOW An auction to support the Playhouse’s education and outreach programs—such as a commissioned play tour to local elementary schools—brought in $775,000. Encore! Photography by Daniel Norwood and Jason Farr



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