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Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1

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On Monday, January 25, a starry ensemble including Matthew Broderick, Jill Clayburgh, Josh Hamilton, Ethan Hawke, Marin Ireland, Natasha Lyonne, Marsha Mason, Laurie Metcalf, John Pankow, Sam Shepard, Reshma Shetty, Maggie Siff, Frank Whaley, Karen Young, Keith Carradine, Ann Harada, and Anika Larsen honored Robyn Goodman with the Michael Mendelson Award for Outstanding Commitment to Theater at The New Group's 2010 Gala Benefit. The Gala took place at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in an dinner and auction event hosted by Wallace Shawn and Jeff Whitty.

The Michael Mendelson Award for Outstanding Commitment to Theater was conceived in 2005 to recognize the extraordinary relationship Michael had with The New Group. For 10 years, Michael dedicated himself and all of his resources to building an organization that is both vibrant artistically and healthy financially. This award is given annually to honor individuals who, like Michael, have shown outstanding commitment to the theatrical community.

Robyn Goodman was the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Second Stage Theatre for 13 seasons and 50 plays. After leaving she spent four years as Supervising Producer of "One Life to Live" (six Emmy Awards) and two seasons as Director of Artistic Development at Manhattan Theater Club. Since forming her own Production Company, Aged in Wood, Off-Broadway she has produced Avenue Q, which received the Tony Award for Best Musical of 2004, In The Heights (Tony Award for Best Musical of 2008), and the current revival of West Side Story. Other Broadway credits include Metamophoses (Drama Desk Award), A Class Act (Tony nomination), Steel Magnolias, Barefoot in the Park, and High Fidelity. Off Broadway she produced Bat Boy, tick, tick... BOOM!, Our Lady of 121st Street, Red Light Winter and the award-winning Altar Boyz. She is currently the Artistic Consultant to The Roundabout Theatre Company.

BroadwayWorld brings you the special evening's arrival photos in two parts.

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Photo Credit: Walter McBride / Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Robyn Goodman portrait

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Robyn Goodman

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Robyn Goodman

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Robyn Goodman & Scott Elliott

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Geoff Rich & Robyn Goodman

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Robyn Goodman & Christopher Abbott

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Christopher Abbott

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Christopher Abbott

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Christopher Abbott

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Matthew Broderick

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Matthew Broderick

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Stephanie Cannon

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Stephanie Cannon

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Keith Carradine

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Hayley Dumond and Keith Carradine

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
 Hayley Dumond and Keith Carradine

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Hayley Dumond and Keith Carradine

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Keith Carradine

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Rosanne Cash

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Rosanne Cash

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Jenn Colella

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Jenn Colella

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
George DeMaso

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Merwin Goldsmith

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Jill Clayburgh

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Laura Interval and Lathan Gaines

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Laura Interval and Lathan Gaines

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Lathan Gaine

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Lathan Gaine

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Darren Goldstein & Katie Finneran

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Darren Goldstein & Katie Finneran

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Darren Goldstein & Katie Finneran

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Josh Hamilton

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Sam Rockwell & Josh Hamilton

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Ann Harada

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Ann Harada & Anika Larsen

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Ethan Hawke

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Ethan Hawke

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Ethan Hawke

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Marin Ireland

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Marin Ireland

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Elizabeth Jasicki

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Elizabeth Jasicki

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Elizabeth Jasicki

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Elizabeth Jasicki

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1
Elizabeth Jasicki & Lucas Steele

Photo Coverage: The New Group Gala - Part 1

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.