The most buzzed-about debut in New York City this week wasn’t at a fashion show, but instead downtown on September 14 when the Perelman Performing Arts Center finally opened its doors.
The inaugural event at the anticipated cultural hub was a starry affair ahead of the September 19 public opening, with guests including Robert De Niro, Cherry Jones, Lynn Nottage, Rosario Dawson, James Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Amanda Gorman, and John Leguizamo joining Michael R. Bloomberg, the chair of the PAC’s board of directors, executive director Khady Kamara, and artistic director Bill Rauch for an evening of music, dance, poetry, comedy and more.
The lucky crowd’s first peek at the new PAC also included cocktails and snacks (by Marcus Samuelsson Restaurant Group, which will open a restaurant at PAC this fall) in the David Rockwell-designed lobby and music from DJ Elle Dee.
Michael Bloomberg, Khady Kamara, and Bill Rauch
David Henry Hwang, Jenn Freeman, and Sonya Tayeh
Marcus Samuelsson and Rosario Dawson
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Carey Lowell and Tom Freston
Robert De Niro and Michael R. Bloomberg
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