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Songbird Linda Eder rocks the historic JPMorgan Chase lobby as Alley Theatre patrons swoon

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Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Michael Linn and Carol Linn, from left, with Gregory Boyd and Josie DeGuzman
Michael and Carol Linn, from left, Gregory Boyd and Josie DeGuzman at the Alley Theatre gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Linda Eder singing
Linda Eder Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Rob Reedy and Susan Reedy
Rob and Susan Reedy at the Alley Theatre gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Karen Aspromonte and Bob Aspromonte
Karen and Bob Aspromonte at the Alley Theatre gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Pat Mitchell and Kevin Mitchell, from left, with Janet Kelly
Pat and Kevin Mitchell, left, with Janet Kelly at the Alley Theatre gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Meredith Long and Cornelia Long, from left, with Shel Erikson
Meredith and Cornelia Long, left, with Shel Erikson at the Alley Theatre gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Joanne King Herring, from left, Brian Tuscano and Diane Lokey Farb
Joanne King Herring, from left, Brian Tuscano and Diane Lokey Farb at the Alley Theatre gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Dean Gladden, left, with Deana Blackburn and Larry Blackburn
Dean Gladden, left, with Deana and Larry Blackburn at the Alley Theatre gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Jim Daniel and Margaret Alkek Williams, from left, with Karin Hofer and Sean Hepburn Ferrer
Jim Daniel, from left, Margaret Alkek Williams, Karin Hofer and Sean Hepburn  Ferrer at the Alley Theatre gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Heather Enright and Chris Enright, from left, with Shan Hinton
Heather and Chris Enright, left, with Shan Hinton at the Alley Theatre gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Brittany Scott and Clayton Kidd
Brittany Scott and Clayton Kidd at the Alley Theatre gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Ralph Burch, from left, Frances Marzio, Beth Madison and Josie DeGuzman
Ralph Burch, from left, Frances Marzio, Beth Madison and Josie DeGuzman at the Alley Theatre gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Gabriela Ayanegui and Martin Ayanegui
Gabriela and Martin Ayanegui at the Alley Theatre gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Andrea Tellepsen, from left, Edward Sanchez and Fay Lewis
Andrea Tellepsen, from left, Edward Sanchez and Fay Lewis at the Alley Theatre gala. Photo by © Gary Fountain
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Michael Linn and Carol Linn, from left, with Gregory Boyd and Josie DeGuzman
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Linda Eder singing
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Rob Reedy and Susan Reedy
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Karen Aspromonte and Bob Aspromonte
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Pat Mitchell and Kevin Mitchell, from left, with Janet Kelly
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Meredith Long and Cornelia Long, from left, with Shel Erikson
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Joanne King Herring, from left, Brian Tuscano and Diane Lokey Farb
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Dean Gladden, left, with Deana Blackburn and Larry Blackburn
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Jim Daniel and Margaret Alkek Williams, from left, with Karin Hofer and Sean Hepburn Ferrer
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Heather Enright and Chris Enright, from left, with Shan Hinton
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Brittany Scott and Clayton Kidd
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Ralph Burch, from left, Frances Marzio, Beth Madison and Josie DeGuzman
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Gabriela Ayanegui and Martin Ayanegui
Alley Theatre Gala May 2013 Andrea Tellepsen, from left, Edward Sanchez and Fay Lewis
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A standing ovation was in order Saturday night not only for the incredibly-talented Linda Eder but also for Alley Theatre gala chairs Carol and Mike Linn for divining the delicious "Supper Club" theme and for moving the gala from traditional venues to the historic lobby of the JPMorgan Chase Bank Building.

The elements added up to an energized evening for which the dress-up crowd was so enthused that no one wanted to be seated. They perused the auction items, sipped on '50s-era cocktails and ardently socialized amid the lavish Art Deco environs of the lobby of the historic building that was completed in 1929.

Eder held the audience in rapt attention (unusual for such a party-happy crowd) as she sang a variety of tunes ("Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "I'm Not Julie") showcasing her enviable versatility and reprising her Jekyll & Hyde role with "Someone Like You." The latter especially meaningful for this crowd, many of whom remembered when she starred in the Alley's Jekyll & Hyde production from 1990. Few could have enjoyed this homecoming more than Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd, who directed the musical.

Alley managing director Dean Gladden and board president Robert Reedy conducted the brief program that led into the musical entertainment. Receiving thanks on this night were JPMorgan Chase's Marty Goossen, who arranged for the Alley to hold its fundraiser in the historic space and building manager Mark Vecchio, who pulled it all together.

Swooning over the music, the fragrant gardenia centerpieces and the City Kitchen filet dinner were guests including auction chair Karen Aspromonte with husband Bob, Lynn Wyatt, Dorothy and Mickey Ables, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel, Cornelia and Meredith Long, Beth Madison and Ralph Burch, Dancie and Jim Ware, Cathy and Jesse Marion, Karen and Byron Hood, Clayton and Shel Erikson, Connie and Roger Plank and Trini Mendenhall Sosa and Frank Sosa.

In an unusual turn, the Linns would accept chairing the ball only if the 2014 ball chairs were named. Indeed, Reedy announced that Brian Teichman and Andy Cordes have signed on for next year's gala.

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