Photo Flash: Glenn Close, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr. and More at Lapham's Quarterly's DECADES BALL: THE 1870s

Lapham's Quarterly Decades Ball: The 1870s took place at Gotham Hall in New York City last night, June 2, 2014. Scroll down for photos from the event!

Guests included Alec Baldwin, Ralph Nader, Nellie McKay, Paul Muldoon, Jean Doumanian, and Glenn Close, Rachel Dratch, Jonathan Groff, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Cerveris, Brian d'Arcy James, Leslie Odom Jr., and Taylor Mac, who also performed. The Folio Society also presented the Janus Prize to historian Simon Schama.

The evening's entertainment included Glenn Close and Jonathan Groff singing Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance; Maggie Gyllenhaal reading excerpts from Tolstoy's Anna Karenina; Rachel Dratch reading Lewis Carroll's poem The Walrus and the Carpenter; Brian d'Arcy James and Leslie Odom Jr. reading excerpts from Mark Twain; Michael Cerveris reading excerpts from Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days; and Taylor Mac singing "In the Gloaming."

Lapham's Quarterly is an award-winning and critically-acclaimed journal of history, literature, and ideas that brings the finest writings of the past to topics current in the headlines. It is praised by the historian David McCullough as "a godsend and a genuine treasure," and by the novelist Dave Eggers as "brilliant and much needed." Lapham's Quarterly was a National Magazine Award Finalist in 2011 for its issues on "Religion," "Arts & Letters," and "The City."

Photo Credit: Beowulf Sheehan

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Photo Flash: Glenn Close, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr. and More at Lapham's Quarterly's DECADES BALL: THE 1870s
Lapham’s Quarterly Director of Development Laurie Eustis and Lapham’s Quarterly Editor Lewis Lapham

Photo Flash: Glenn Close, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr. and More at Lapham's Quarterly's DECADES BALL: THE 1870s
Alec Baldwin and Lapham’s Quarterly Director of Development Laurie Eustis

Photo Flash: Glenn Close, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr. and More at Lapham's Quarterly's DECADES BALL: THE 1870s
Rachel Dratch

Photo Flash: Glenn Close, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr. and More at Lapham's Quarterly's DECADES BALL: THE 1870s
Nellie McKay

Photo Flash: Glenn Close, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr. and More at Lapham's Quarterly's DECADES BALL: THE 1870s
Glenn Close and Jonathan Groff, also performers that evening

Photo Flash: Glenn Close, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr. and More at Lapham's Quarterly's DECADES BALL: THE 1870s
Maggie Gyllenhaal reading Anna Karenina

Photo Flash: Glenn Close, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr. and More at Lapham's Quarterly's DECADES BALL: THE 1870s
Michael Cerveris reading Around the World in 80 Days

Photo Flash: Glenn Close, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr. and More at Lapham's Quarterly's DECADES BALL: THE 1870s
Leslie Odom Jr. and Brian d’Arcy James Reading excerpts from an interview with Mark Twain

Photo Flash: Glenn Close, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr. and More at Lapham's Quarterly's DECADES BALL: THE 1870s
Lewis Lapham and Glenn Close

Photo Flash: Glenn Close, Jonathan Groff, Leslie Odom Jr. and More at Lapham's Quarterly's DECADES BALL: THE 1870s
Leslie Odom Jr. and Taylor Mac

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