Last week, our very own“Celebrity Magnet” Tom Murro attended the ‘Bright Lights Shining Stars Gala’ at NYU. The event celebrated singing, dancing, Roberta Flack and the awarding of college scholarship money.
The night began with a 2-hour-long cocktail hour which moved into a show that featured performances from Broadway stars like the cast of Billy Elliot, Lin-Manuel Miranda with former In the Heights cast members, Desmond Richardson, former Alvin Ailey dancer Clifton Brown (Fosse, Movin’ Out) and Karine Plantadit (Come Fly Away, Movin’ Out). Along with stellar performances, the official awarding of $50,000 in college scholarships took place during the show.
But the night wasn’t over yet, as everyone with a VIP ticket headed upstairs to the 10th floor for the after party, where they were able to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the Empire State Building and the rest of the New York skyline.
Throughout the night, Murro interacted with many of the celebrity guests in attendance. Flack, herself, didn’t stick around long after the show, but Murro assures us that she was sweet and called him “Sweetie” as they were able to snap a picture together with her First Ambassador for the Arts Award from the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation. Chris Nirschel, the bad boy chef from the Food Network, and Murro became fast friends after Nirschel looked on in amazement as Murro snagged the special moment with Flack. He and Nirschel are now in talks to work together and share their black book contacts.
Miss NY,Kaitlin Monte, proved to be a hit as everyone seemed to be drawn to her like “moths to a flame,” as Murro described. One of these moths was none other than Real Housewife of New York Ramona Singer, who was there with her husband Mario. As Singer took a picture with Monte, Murro notes he didn’t receive any “warm fuzzies” upon meeting this NY Housewife and as he watched her husband fumble taking the picture, it became all too clear, Murro divulged, who “wears the pants in that family.” Murro also spent a few moments chatting and snapped a few pictures with the Director of the Gala event, Joe Lanteri before heading home.
Overall, as Murro has explained to us, the event turned out to be a fantastic night of drinks, snacks, entertainment and, of course, new friends.