"I won’t really believe it until I hear the record playing everywhere," said Manning. "I’m just happy to sing because it’s a passion."
Meanwhile in Manhattan, those loyal to Samantha Gregory and Hogan, where she works, made their way through the slush to the Hogan store on Spring Street for a night of shopping to benefit Free Arts for Abused Children. Before heading downtown, Sam’s mother, Jamee, climbed up on a ladder to pull down the mukluk boots she had hoped were stashed away for the summer. "What’s a mother to do?" Gregory said.
Eleanor Lembo came in from the snow with a new suede Hogan bag in lime green slung across her shoulder. Jane Lauder carried the same bag, in red. Emilia Fanjul Pfeifler left her already-dingy white version at home, while Whoopi Goldberg, toting orange, left her weekly poker night in a loft across the street to join the party.
Way, way downtown, guests like Philip Glass and Chuck Close filed into the Eos Orchestra’s gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park to watch Stephen Sondheim receive the annual Michael Palm Award. When Kim Cattrall slinked in on the arm of Tony Ingrao, Eos’ conductor Jonathan Sheffer jumped into the picture with her. "That’s how I get my picture taken," he joked.
For his part, New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller basked in his own brush with celebrity. "I can’t believe Stephen Sondheim knew who I was," marveled the rising politico, who found himself in a tête-à-tête with the composer. He then caught sight of Cattrall, a celebrity he hadn’t met. "I’m guessing she hasn’t heard of me," he said.