A recent Act Two benefit for the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts and resident companies raised $1.5 million.
This was thanks to the 1,300 guests, Mistress of Ceremonies Julie Andrews and the headliner, Sir Elton.
Julie, wearing a red Oscar de laRenta gown, noted that the campaign to build the Center's Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House and Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre had netted $221 million to date. She then introduced a spikey-haired Elton, who gave a 90-minute solo performance, featuring hits like Philadelphia Freedom and Crocodile Rock.
The crowd still wasn't satisfied, and managed to coax him back onstage for an encore of Don't Let The Sun go Down on Me.
Afterwards, Act Two sponsors had dinner.
As a nod to Elton's colorful persona, the Neiman Marcus-designed tables were draped in shocking pink cloths while the chairs were topped with animal prints. In addition, each attendee received signature EJ rhinestone specs in red and black in an Act Two-embossed sunglass case in red or pink.
Act Two, of course, followed the Center's first gala, Act One. This was held in 2002, and featured Bernadette Peters, Sidney Poitier and Beverly Sills.
Photographer: Steve Foxall