I had a fab time last night at the 2016 Nevada Ballet Theater's Black & White Ball which honored international superstar Olivia Newton-John as their 2016 Woman of the Year.
Marie Osmond introduced Olivia for her honor, and longtime-friends Leeza Gibbons and husband Steven Fenton flew into Las Vegas to attend the event.
Osmond, Gibbons and Olivia were joined on the red carpet by fellow Las Vegas Strip headliners Human Nature and the Chippendales who came to celebrate Olivia's honor.
I managed to get a bit of video as Human Nature opened the evening with their fantastic take on the ONJ hit "Let Me Be There." The Australian superstars then introduced Olivia, who entered from the back of the ballroom. I love that she breaks into a skip :)
Nevada Ballet Theater provided some terrific entertainment with excerpts from George Balanchine's "Who Cares?" plus performances by their current Future Dance students (a high-spirited Grease tribute) and Future Dance alum Michia Eberhardt.
I can brag a bit on my hot hubby, Michael, who is part of Olivia's team and helped arrange much of the evening, including two video montages - one spanning Olivia's career and humanitarian achievements, and the second - a collection of congratulations from long-time friends over the years: John Travolta, Barry Manilow, Julianne Hough, Didi Conn, Vanessa Hudgens, Clinton Kelly, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist of The Today Show and Jane Lynch.
Congrats to Nevada Ballet Theater for producing one of the very best gala events I've attended in forever. Absolutely first-class across the board. It's no wonder everyone describes this as THE high-profile event of the year in Las Vegas.
You can check out Human Nature's opening of the evening and introduction, plus a few pics I took along the way.
|Chippendales, Human Nature, Olivia Newton-John and Marie Osmond on the red carpet|
|Leeza Gibbons, Olivia Newton-John and Marie Osmond|
|The Chippendales pose with Olivia Newton-John on the red carpet|
|Michael Caprio (R) on the red carpet with Olivia Newton-John and the men of Human Nature|
|Leeza Gibbons, Michael Caprio and Olivia Newton-John|
|Leeza Gibbons, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Caprio and Marie Osmond|
|My hubby Michael and I with Olivia at the pre-event reception at Cartiers at The Wynn|
|International superstars Human Nature open the evening with their take on Olivia's "Let Me Be There"|
|Me with handsome hubby Michael|
|Olivia poses with the young dancers of Nevada Ballet Theater's Future Dance program|
|Olivia Newton-John and husband John Easterling backstage before the event|
|Olivia was excited there was a signature cocktail - The Olivia - for the evening|