Friends, loyal patrons, and supporters of the arts were invited to the annual Applause! The 2017 Stages St. Louis black tie Gala was held at the Ritz Carlton in Clayton, Missouri. The evening began with red carpet photographs, cocktails and silent auction followed by dinner and entertainment. This exquisite evening of glitz, glamour, and giving was hosted by longtime Stages stars Kari Ely and Steve Isom, while the occasion’s musical entertainment featured Jason Michael Evans and Corinne Melancon presenting Hello, Broadway: A Salute to the Great White Way! The event also showcased a special appearance by Stages performing arts academy’s wonderfully talented premier performance group, Triple Threats. Judy and Jerry Kent served as presenting sponsors of this benefit to support the organization’s education and artistic programs. Merry and Jim Mosbacher were the honorary chairs.