Bonsoir from the French Heritage Society that welcomed patrons of the arts to enjoy a enchanting Cabaret evening in New York City…
Held in a private club that exuberated elegance and grandeur, the Parisian inspired evening was celebrated in honor of the Tony award-winning producers of Broadway’s An American in Paris, Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane, co-owner of the Palace Theatre where An American in Paris is played. With gala chairmen Liz McDermott Barnes, CeCe Black, Stark D. Kirby, Jr., Jay R. Paul and Jean Shafiroff acting as gracious hosts to the attendees, the unmatchable wonder of Paris was brought to life.
What better way to revel in the glory of the City of Light than see Robert Fairchild sing, dance and arrange the fête’s flowers. Fairchild is a ballet dancer, rather than your conventional musical-theater man. He is the principal dancer at the New York City Balet, where he is considered one of the most appealing male dancers. Robbie exudes an all-American allure that the gala attendees could witness in action, as he charmed the room. His enthusiasm and energy onstage was infectious, as he won the hearts of those in the audience watching and listening to his gentle, yet powerful singing voice.
The evening was under the gracious patronage of His Excellency Philippe Etienne Ambassador of France to the United States, His Excellency Nicolas de Rivière Ambassador, Consul General of France in New York Jérémie Robert, and Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States Gaëtan Bruel. Each who contributed to making the gala the roaring success it was.
The audience enjoyed some classic renditions from the musical while enjoying the delicious menu complemented with the perfect wine pairing. As a result of Robbie’s great passion for theater, he founded the floristry studio, boo·kay nyc. He founded the company that was responsible for the enchanting flower arrangements at the event, that was launched during the heat of the global pandemic to ensure the show would go on even as theaters were shuttered. This highlights Fairfield’s genuine passion and love for the theater, truly being born for Broadway.
As the slightly toasted Apple Tart à la Tour d’Argent with Salted Caramel Ice Cream was served, the dance floor was swarming with guests who were enjoying the talent of the musicians from Alex Donner, New York. The live band turned the heat on for everyone to let loose and have a good time, acting as the perfect celebration of the City of Lights.
The French Heritage Society is dedicated to protecting the shared architectural and cultural heritage that aims to inspire future generations to build, dream and create. The non-profit organization was created in 1982 and includes 10 chapters in the US and one in France. Through various activities and educational programs, the society and its members are dedicated to the preservation, restoration and promotion of the beautiful French heritage prevelant throughout the United States and France.
The Cabaret evening was one of many efforts to celebrate an exceptional city, by cultivating elements that attribute to what make the capital city of Paris, the City of Lights; bright, mysterious with an unique allure that everyone desires. From cocktail hour under the intricately painted ceilings to the elegant dinner ambience to the remarkable Robbie Fairchild.
The French Heritage Society hosted an extremely memorable and special evening, sparking the revival of Broadway in the midst of uncertain times.