Last night, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City was transformed into a Garden of Earthly Delights for the annual Hulaween Gala. This star-studded event, which benefits the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is held every Halloween season. And this year, attendees arrived in opulent floral fashion, including Bette Midler herself.
But before the guests poured in, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine was dressed in romantic decor. This year's theme fully brought to life the mission of the New York Restoration Project: working to bring more green spaces to the city. This inspired the idea of the Garden of Eden, which in turn took on the surrealistic view of Bosch's painting, The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Broadway's best stole the show that evening: Victor Garber, smartly dressed in a tuxedo and disguise, arrived in the style of Groucho Marx. And it came with a surprise: those eyebrows and moustache wiggle on cue!
Also in attendance: theater legend Bernadette Peters wearing a dark floral Zac Posen gown with sprigs of faux wisteria pods. She will take on the iconic role of Dolly Gallagher Levi following Bette Midler's final performance of Hello, Dolly! in January of next year.
From the entrance, guests were free to roam the open halls to spooky cocktails, a bountiful earthly feast, a costume contest, and musical performances by Jon Bon Jovi as well as the cast members of Hello, Dolly!