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Straz Center’s 2023 Broadway Ball paid homage to ‘Moulin Rouge!’

The October 2023 event raised thousands of dollars for Patel Conservatory scholarships.
 
Flanked by “Moulin Rouge!”-inspired models, from left, Tracy Brown, Bob Kelly, Kasey Shimberg Kelly and Greg Holland.
Flanked by “Moulin Rouge!”-inspired models, from left, Tracy Brown, Bob Kelly, Kasey Shimberg Kelly and Greg Holland. [ Photo by Marc Edwards ]
Published Feb. 16

Oh yes, we can, can, reveled Broadway Ball co-chairs Lisa and Larry McHale, dazzling guests with decadent “Moulin Rouge!” decor in anticipation of the Tony Award-winning musical’s 10-day run at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. On Oct. 21, 2023, Morsani Hall’s stage became the famed Paris nightclub during dinner as Broadway actors, plus young theater and Next Generation Ballet students, inspired applause and pledges of $150,000 for Patel Conservatory scholarships. The auction spotlight shone on a weeklong getaway to the Four Seasons Resort in Nevis, a hot ticket that sold twice for $15,500. The cabaret beat spilled into the after-party, Broadway Ball After Dark, with late-night arrivals joining for desserts and dancing in the Ruth Silbiger Lobby.

From left, Bill Goede, Justin Gray, Lori Goede and Bill Rolon.
From left, Bill Goede, Justin Gray, Lori Goede and Bill Rolon. [ Photo by Marc Edwards ]
Darryl Adams and Roxanne Bartley.
Darryl Adams and Roxanne Bartley. [ Photo by Marc Edwards ]
From left, Larry and Lisa McHale, Tonya Fines, Dwayne Warren and Elena and Robert Paredes.
From left, Larry and Lisa McHale, Tonya Fines, Dwayne Warren and Elena and Robert Paredes. [ Photo by Marc Edwards ]