Scene Last Night: John Paulson, Russell Carson, Sloth, Greed

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Jenny and John Paulson, president and co-fund manager, Paulson & Co.

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Jenny and John Paulson, president and co-fund manager, Paulson & Co.

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Daniel Brodsky, real-estate developer, newly elected chairman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Ballet board member, and one of the chairmen of the New York City Ballet spring gala. Close

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Meyer Feldberg, a senior adviser at Morgan Stanley, and David Stern, commissioner, National Basketball Association. Close

Meyer Feldberg, a senior adviser at Morgan Stanley, and David Stern, commissioner, National Basketball Association.

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Fashion designer Erin Fetherston and singer Gabe Saporto. "If you were 15, you'd know me," Saporto said. Close

Fashion designer Erin Fetherston and singer Gabe Saporto. "If you were 15, you'd know me," Saporto said.

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John Volgenstein, chairman of New York City Ballet, and Barbara Vogelstein, a board member of the School of American Ballet. Close

John Volgenstein, chairman of New York City Ballet, and Barbara Vogelstein, a board member of the School of American Ballet.

Russell Carson, co-founder of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, and Judy Carson. The Carsons were co-chairmen of the gala. Photographers: Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg Close

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The curtain call for "Vienna Waltzes," part of New York City Ballet's spring gala program. Close

The curtain call for "Vienna Waltzes," part of New York City Ballet's spring gala program.

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Patti LuPone, after her performance with dancer Wendy Whelan in "The Seven Deadly Sins," and Laura Benanti. Close

Patti LuPone, after her performance with dancer Wendy Whelan in "The Seven Deadly Sins," and Laura Benanti.

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The decor for the gala supper was inspired by the Baltimore/Greed scene in "The Seven Deadly Sins," performed earlier on the stage of the David H. Koch Theater. Close

The decor for the gala supper was inspired by the Baltimore/Greed scene in "The Seven Deadly Sins," performed earlier... Read More

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The meal, catered by Glorious Food: white and green asparagus with serrano ham and lemon mousseline, followed by roasted halibut provencale and a bombe of mango, passion fruit and lime sorbets. Wines came from Wolffer Estate and La Ferme Martin. Close

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Wendy Whelan, principal dancer, who performed in "The Seven Deadly Sins," wearing Bibhu Mohapatra, and her husband, David Michalek, a photographer. Close

Wendy Whelan, principal dancer, who performed in "The Seven Deadly Sins," wearing Bibhu Mohapatra, and her husband,... Read More

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Maria Kowroski, a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, in a dress by Bibhu Mohapatra. On stage she performed in "Vienna Waltzes." Close

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Sarah Jessica Parker, a New York City Ballet board member, Victor Garber, Matthew Broderick, and Scott Wittman (who with Marc Shaiman wrote the lyrics for the Broadway musical "Catch Me If You Can"). Close

Sarah Jessica Parker, a New York City Ballet board member, Victor Garber, Matthew Broderick, and Scott Wittman (who... Read More

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Stephanie LaCava, a writer. Close

Stephanie LaCava, a writer.

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Alexandra Lebenthal, president and CEO of Lebenthal & Co. Close

Alexandra Lebenthal, president and CEO of Lebenthal & Co.

The DJ put on Katy Perry, and John Paulson, president of Paulson & Co., and his wife, Jenny, danced with friends. It was the final hour of New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala, and the 850 guests were letting loose.

The evening started with cocktails, shrimp and dumplings on the terrace of the David H. Koch Theater overlooking the fountain at Lincoln Center.

High up on the list of attention-getters was Daniel Brodsky, a real-estate developer and New York City Ballet board member who earlier this week was named chairman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Other guests included Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Russell Carson, co-founder of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, and National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern.

On stage was an unusual piece once choreographed by George Balanchine in Paris in 1933 -- “The Seven Deadly Sins” by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. You may remember the duo had a bigger hit with “Three Penny Opera,” which also illustrates a slight disdain for the capitalistic enterprise.

This one is called a ballet chante, meaning that Patti LuPone and Wendy Whelan shared the role of Anna, who encounters sloth, pride, anger, gluttony, lust, greed and envy in a tour of seven American cities.

LuPone chewed a gigantic drumstick in Philadelphia. In a park in San Francisco (Beowulf Boritt’s most cheerful and elaborate set), Whelan stole a baby from its carriage, jealous of the tanned Californians all dressed in green.

Tattered Scanties

LuPone got to wear a power suit, while Whelan spent most of the night attired in tattered undergarments, a kind of anti- ballerina, lazily pulling socks from clothes lines and embracing ugly old men with paunches.

High couture and happy days returned with Balanchine’s “Vienna Waltzes” featuring ballerinas in pink tutus and ball gowns.

As for the Paulsons, they danced admirably too.

The event raised slightly more than $2 million, a record for the company’s galas, said Executive Director Katherine Brown.

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

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