When a Broadway Actor Gets Married, a Celine Dion Singalong is in Order

Leena Kim
Photo credit: Emilio Madrid
Photo credit: Emilio Madrid

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Even though they both grew up in Philadelphia and attended the same summer camp, high school, and college, Gideon Glick and Perry Dubin didn't meet until 2015, when both were well into their respective careers. Gideon is an actor with Broadway credits that include Significant Other, Little Shop of Horrors, and To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he was nominated for a Tony; Perry is a cancer hospitalist at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Their chance meeting occurred in a local Philadelphia gym—Gideon was in town to dog-sit his mother's puppy for a week while Perry was just finishing up his residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Perry had seen a few of Gideon's plays so he went over to say hello.

Photo credit: Emilio Madrid
Photo credit: Emilio Madrid

Two years later, Perry surprised Gideon on his 30th birthday with a glamping trip in the Adirondacks. But unbeknownst to Gideon, a proposal was also in store. On the birthday cake, Perry had inscribed, "Will you eat cake with me forever?"

The couple chose an iconic Prohibition-era speakeasy in downtown Manhattan for their late fall nuptials (which took place last November, pre-pandemic). They enlisted wedding planner Jason Mitchell Kahn to create an event that, in their words, was "campy, authentic, and full of heart." Theater producer—and T&C Jewelry Award winner—Jordan Roth was their inspiration. Here's a look at their celebration.

The Venue

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Photo credit: Emilio Madrid

Gideon and Perry chose The Back Room, a historic Lower East Side speakeasy, for their November 2019 wedding. "We wanted a venue that was low key but also full of character. The Back Room is the one of the oldest and still running prohibition bars in the country. Alcohol is served in tea cups," Gideon says. "We walked in and immediately knew it was the right space."

The Dress Code

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Photo credit: Emilio Madrid

With the inimitable Jordan Roth as their muse, the wedding motto was "dress yourself to express yourself," and guests were encouraged to go all out in sequins, feathers, boas, and capes.

The Ceremony

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Photo credit: Emilio Madrid

Gideon's Significant Other castmate Sas Goldberg officiated the ceremony, which ended in a singalong—with cue cards—of Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me." And in lieu of a traditional Jewish prayer, their friend Alysha Umphress sang a mash-up of Barbra Streisand’s “Papa Can You Hear Me?” and “People,” before the couple broke glass.

The Food

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Photo credit: Emilio Madrid

The couple's 140 guests, including Celia Keenan-Bolger, Brandon Uranowitz, Taylor Trensch, Jonathan Groff, Cristin Milioti, Lilli Cooper, and Leslie Odom Jr. and Nicolette Robinson, were treated to an eclectic menu that paid homage to classic Lower East Side haunts: Katz’s Deli, Vanessa’s Dumplings, and Jajaja Plantas Mexicana.

The Cake

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Photo credit: Emilio Madrid

The grooms' wedding cake was a Bernadette Peters Rice Krispies cake created by Mister Krisp. During the cake presentation, Bernadette herself surprised the couple with a congratulatory audio message.

The Entertainment

Photo credit: Emilio Madrid
Photo credit: Emilio Madrid

The Playbillies, Broadway's bluegrass band, provided entertainment for the evening, along with the aforementioned performance by Alysha Umphress during the ceremony. Later, there was a surprise performance by Martha Graham Cracker (above), a drag legend from the grooms' hometown Philadelphia, who sang Sondheim.

The Honeymoon

The newlyweds went on a multi-destination journey around Africa. On the itinerary: Victoria Falls in Zambia, Capetown, a safari in South Africa, and, to top it off, some R&R on the beaches of Mauritius.

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