Dulé Hill 'Psychs' The Crowd Up at The Lexington Hotel's Grand Opening Party
It was all showbiz the other week at the grand opening party for The Lexington Hotel New York, a recently transformed historic midtown Manhattan property that was a happening spot back in the 1920s. It's now become part of Marriott's Auograph Collection.
Musicians and actors like Patti Labelle and Dorothy Lamour called The Lexington home while they toured, and it was the famous love nest of Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe, who spent nine-months living in an 18th floor suite that's been renamed "The Centerfield Suite".
But sticking with its jazz roots, the festivities were kicked off with a live performance from the cast of the upcoming Broadway jazz show "After Midnight", which was produced by nine-time Grammy Award winner, Wynton Marsalis. The show has only been previewed by President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama, once during a U.N. GA Summit reception at the Waldorf Astoria, so guests were lucky to have this special treat.
One of the cast members enjoying the party sipping on a classic bourbon and water from the Mixing Lounge bar was Emmy Award nominee Dulé Hill, formerly of the hit series, The West Wing and Psych.
Also spotted was dancer-extraordinaire, Desmond Richardson, a talented Tony Award nominee (Fosse) and former "So You Think You Can Dance" choreographer.
We thought the night would just be all about jazz, but the DJ made sure the crowd had a grand old time, playing everything from Diggable Planets to Lauryn Hill, at which point we couldn't help but ask Dulé Hill to dance--using the lame line "can one Hill dance to another Hill?"
Hey, it worked!
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