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Wild Xanadu Night

The '80s roar back into town with wild Xanadu night of Glo-Glo dancers, sexy Muses and a diamond giveaway

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365 Vivian Wise, from left, Fady Armonious and Beth Muecke at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Vivian Wise, from left, Fady Armonious and Beth Muecke. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
413 Tammie Johnson, center with members of the Space Rockers and a Glo-Glo Dancer at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Tammie Johnson, center, with members of the Space Rockers and a Glo-Glo Dancer. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
304 Sandra Porter and Kenn McLaughlin at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Sandra Porter and Kenn McLaughlin. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
75 Dr. Roland Maldonado, from left, Patti Murphy and Edward Sanchez at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Dr. Roland Maldonado, from left, Patti Murphy and Edward Sanchez. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
203 Jonathan Luke, from left, Magan Hunt and Patrick Carr at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Jonathan Luke, from left, Magan Hunt and Patrick Carr. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
STAGES Zanadu April 2014 Kenn McLaughlin, from left, Magan Hunt, Edward Sanchez, Muses Carolyn Farb, Jessica Rossman, Mauney Mafrige, Patti Murphy, Beth Muecke, Debra Grierson Dr. Roland Maldonado
Kenn McLaughlin, from left, Magan Hunt, Edward Sanchez, Muses Carolyn Farb, Jessica Rossman, Mauney Mafrige, Patti Murphy, Beth Muecke, Debra Grierson and Dr. Roland Maldonado. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
219 Mauri Oliver, left, and Kristen Cannon at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Mauri Oliver, left, and Kristen Cannon. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
211 Rob Rutherford and Mauney Mafrige at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Rob Rutherford and Mauney Mafrige. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
196 Jessica Rossman, left, and Carolyn Farb at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Jessica Rossman, left, and Carolyn Farb. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
189 Cindy Langham and Brad Thien at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Cindy Langham and Brad Thien. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
163 Anna and Kurt Autin at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Anna and Kurt Autin. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
113 Debra and Mark Grierson at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Debra and Mark Grierson. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
105 Gracie and Bob Cavnar at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Gracie and Bob Cavnar. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
96 Harry Bowles and Kimberly Gremillion at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Harry Bowles and Kimberly Gremillion. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
62 Miya Shay and Gene Wu at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Miya Shay and Gene Wu. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
57 Sandra Porter, left, and Mauri Oliver at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Sandra Porter, left, and Mauri Oliver. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
31 Mitchell Greco, left, and Kenn McLaughlin at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
Mitchell Greco, left, and Kenn McLaughlin. Photo courtesy of LastNightPics
365 Vivian Wise, from left, Fady Armonious and Beth Muecke at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
413 Tammie Johnson, center with members of the Space Rockers and a Glo-Glo Dancer at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
304 Sandra Porter and Kenn McLaughlin at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
75 Dr. Roland Maldonado, from left, Patti Murphy and Edward Sanchez at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
203 Jonathan Luke, from left, Magan Hunt and Patrick Carr at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
STAGES Zanadu April 2014 Kenn McLaughlin, from left, Magan Hunt, Edward Sanchez, Muses Carolyn Farb, Jessica Rossman, Mauney Mafrige, Patti Murphy, Beth Muecke, Debra Grierson Dr. Roland Maldonado
219 Mauri Oliver, left, and Kristen Cannon at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
211 Rob Rutherford and Mauney Mafrige at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
196 Jessica Rossman, left, and Carolyn Farb at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
189 Cindy Langham and Brad Thien at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
163 Anna and Kurt Autin at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
113 Debra and Mark Grierson at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
105 Gracie and Bob Cavnar at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
96 Harry Bowles and Kimberly Gremillion at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
62 Miya Shay and Gene Wu at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
57 Sandra Porter, left, and Mauri Oliver at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014
31 Mitchell Greco, left, and Kenn McLaughlin at the STAGES Xanadu Gala April 2014

It was the '80s all over again at the Petroleum Club in downtown Houston as Stages Repertory Theatre played off the theme of its upcoming production of Xanadu to host a wild gala that had everyone channeling Olivia Newton John and dancing to hits by Def Leopard and Michael Jackson.

Event chairs Dr. Roland Maldonado and Edward Sanchez pulled out all the stops, with a three-part evening that included cocktails and a silent auction, with such items as the opportunity to dine with Bette Midler later this month in Houston or travel to Las Vegas to see Newton John in concert, a delectable filet mignon dinner and songs from the musical performed by Ivy Castle, Cameron Bautsch and Mark Ivy, and an after-party featuring The Space Rockers and Glo-Glo Dancers in fluorescent attire.

The evening ended with an appearance by musical artist Jonathan Luke and a Xanadu-inspired performance by aerialists from VauLt Aerial Arts.

Guests  were encouraged to dress “Xanafabulous”  and Beth Muecke shimmered in a silver and marabou tutu frock by Courreges that she purchased in Paris decades ago while Tootsies fashion director Fady Armanious sported gold lame shorts with his tux jacket and Maldonado sparkled in a glittery tux jacket that Rudi Festari custom made for him.

 But it was Brenda Jones' lucky evening as she purchased one of the last tickets and came up the winner of a $4,500 diamond. 

Playing with the Xanadu theme, in which muses visit Earth to inspire others to pursue their dreams and desires, a bevy of Houston muses were introduced to the crowd: Muecke, Jana Fant, Carolyn Farb, Debra Grierson, Mauney Mafrige, Aimee Marsh, Patti Murphy and Jessica Rossman. Stages past board president Cindy Langham was also honored for her contributions.

Another cause for celebration: Stages producing director Kenn McLaughlin announced that, with a grant from the Sterling-Turner Foundation, the company has raised the $1.4 million needed to purchase its historic building on Allen Parkway.

In another innovative fundraising technique, called "Bubbles & Baubles," 100 guests each purchased a $100 raffle ticket, with a chance to win a diamond valued at $4,500 from Houston Jewelry's Rex and Maggie Solomon. Each participant received a champagne glass with a boxed jewel — most were cubic zirconia. But it was Brenda Jones's lucky evening as she purchased one of the last tickets and came up the winner. Everyone with a champagne glass received endless refills throughout the night.

Joining in the fun were silent auction chairs Mauri Oliver and Sandra Porter, Scott Miller, Jonathan Tinkle, who was the high bidder on dinner with Midler, Cabrina and Steven Owsley, Eloise Frischkorn, Melza and Ted BarrGary Wind, Stages board chairman George Lancaster, Gordon Bethune, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Tena and Tyson Faust, Don Mafridge, Rachel and Don Hooper, Scott Brogan, Gary Chiles and Amy Sutton, Harry Bowles, Courtney Zubowskiand Janet and Harvin Moore.

The Stages production of Xanadu will open May 21 and run through June 29.

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