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Photo Coverage: Backstage at the Geffen '08

The Geffen Playhouse honored actress Annette Bening and Walt Disney Company's President and CEO Robert Iger during Monday's Backstage at the Geffen, a star-studded event raising $575,000 for the Geffen's Stage for Any Age education and outreach programs.  Bening and Iger were recognized with the Distinction in Theater Award and Distinction in Service Award, respectively.

Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke co-chaired the evening, while talents including Broadway's Mary Poppins star Ashley Brown and The Little Mermaid's Sierra Boggess, along with Anjelica Huston, Julie Taymor, James Cromwell, Dena Delany, Sharon Lawrence, Bruce Vilanch, Jane Lynch and Roma Downey took part in the event.

Doubling the money raised at last year's gala, the Geffen's education and outreach programs will now have the opportunity to grow up to 10 percent next year, giving the theatre a chance to reach children and community members without easy access to the arts, according to press notes.

Following the night's committee dinner, held in the restaurant NINETHIRTY at the W Los Angeles - Westwood, guests were treated to performances at the Playhouse, including a specially commissioned original scene starring Lynch and Cromwell written by Jane Anderson (The Quality of Life).  Dyke then performed a version of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" while Andrews spoke about working with Carol Burnett and My Fair Lady co-star Rex Harrison.  Bening went on to perform a spontaneous monologue from Romeo and Juliet while accepting her award.

Broadway stars Brown and Boggess performed two Disney classics then closed the evening with a song dedicated to Iger.

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Photos by Lee Salem and Howard Wise. 

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Ashley Brown and Sierra Boggess

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Bruce Vilanch

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Dana Delany

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Robert Iger and guest

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Julie Andrews

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Anjelica Huston

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Anjelica Huston and husband Robert Graham

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Robert Iger and Annette Bening

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
James Cromwell and Jane Lynch

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Ashley Brown, Dick Van Dyke and Sierra Boggess

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Sierra Boggess and Ashley Brown

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Robert Iger and Julie Taymor

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Annette Bening, Warren Beatty and Dana Delany

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Roma Downey, Gil Cates, Dana Delany and guest

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Gil Cates

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Roma Downey

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Bruce Vilanch

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Sharon Lawrence

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Dana Delany

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Dick Van Dyke

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Julie Andrews

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Julie Taymor

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Robert Iger

Photo Coverage:  Backstage at the Geffen '08
Ashley Brown and Sierra Boggess

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James Sims James Sims is the Senior Editor at BroadwayWorld.com. Beyond his duties on this website, James also contributes as a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

Having grown up in Los Angeles, California, James spent time working as an entertainment reporter on the west coast before heading to New York City to attend Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. For more information, visit SofaSnark.com and follow James on Twitter at @SimsJames.


 
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