Twenty years ago, Anniston’s Revelers Krewe took guests on a tour of New York City.
On Feb. 9, the Krewe returned to the Big Apple to see what has changed over the past two decades.
Event decorators Lindsay Ghee and Caroline Sudduth transformed the Anniston Country Club into the City That Never Sleeps. They invited guests to take a stroll through Central Park and gaze upon the New York City skyline, the Rockefeller Center ice rink and the Statue of Liberty.
Before the festivities began, this year’s queen of the Revelers Ball, Carolyne Marsh, and her guests enjoyed a true Mardi Gras meal at the Hotel Finial. It consisted of gumbo, jambalaya, catfish and all things Cajun.
Once she arrived at the club, Carolyne was escorted by her husband, Justin Marsh, to the ballroom, where she took center stage, surrounded by her royal court.
That court included Carol Hagan, escorted by Chris Hagan; Joann Tyson, escorted by Mike Tyson; Angie Moore, escorted by Jason Reaves; and Gail Tillman, escorted by Marcus Tillman.
Emcee Lynn Rice kicked off the entertainment by introducing the first skit, entitled “New York, New York — All the way to Today.” It was 1997 when Matt Lauer and Katie Couric became co-hosts of the “Today” show. Dawn and Tom Wilczek, Michelle and Robert Whitelaw, Ashleigh and Jeremiah Russell and Katherine Jackson showed the audience what a difference 20 years could make.
Up next were Diana and Doug White, Kim and John Flannagan, Claire and Matt Caballero, and Alison and Amado Ortiz, who competed on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon presents Lip Sync Battle of New York.” Contestants included Cats from Broadway, the Empire State Building, Lady Liberty, the Big Apple itself and a special performance from a surprise guest.
If it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year, a reunion at Central Perk with all your “Friends” would surely lift your spirits. Julie and Jeff Hansek, Julie and Wes Couch, Jessica and Daniel Futral, Crystal Mashburn and Shay McCartney brought us up to date with Phoebe, Rachel, Monica, Ross, Joey and Chandler in “F.R.I.E.N.D.S. The Reunion.”
“Live From New York, It’s Saturday Night” allowed Jessica and Arlin McCauley, Caroline Davie, Will Coker, Holly and Matt Clonts, Treacy Hunter and Wendy Kitchens to re-enact everyone’s favorite SNL moments, which included Alec Baldwin’s delicious Schweddy Balls.
A trip to New York would not be complete without a Broadway show, and there is none more popular than “Phantom of the Opera.” Amie Hinton, Vanessa and Nick Pope, Toni and Mark Christopher, and Becky and Rusty Simmons took the crowds out for “A Night on Broadway.”
Up next were two reality TV stars, cosmetic mogul Kylie Jenner and the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, at the 2018 New York Fashion Show. Models strutted their stuff in “On the Catwalk,” featuring Lyndsey and Brett Key, Carrie and Daniel Clonts, Cassandra Norton, Hannah Downing and Tripp Johnson.
Next up, Katie and Russ Newton, Alyson Mims and Christie and Whit Welch took the audience on an unforgettable sightseeing adventure with a “Best of the Big Apple” tour through the city.
They were followed by Lindsay Ghee, Patrick McCarroll, Mary Martha and Blake Dalrymple and Caroline and Bobby Sudduth, who explained why Melania and The Donald don’t particularly enjoy life in Washington, D.C., in “Trump Under the Sea.”
What can happen when a country boy meets a New York City girl? Tia and Ron Barr, Monica Crawford, SamieJo and Dave Legg and Keila Sevgi finished the evening’s skit entertainment with their very own “Green Acres Remix.”
Once the skits were done, judges Chris Martin, Kim Coker, Chris O’Dell, Lesa Cummings and Johnnie Faye Raye put their heads together and composed scores. First place went to the Lip Sync Battlers, second place to the SNL troupe and third place to F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
All the other entertainers shouldn’t give up trying to make it big in the world of show business, especially in New York City. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.
Donna Barton’s column appears every Sunday. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.