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Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala

La MaMa just celebrated its 55th season with a singular Gala Event like no other last night, November 10, at La MaMa Annex (66 E.4 St.). The Grammy-winning, co-author of the Tony-winning musical THE COLOR PURPLE and legendary party-hostess Allee Willis threw one of her renowned bashes, created especially as a benefit for La MaMa: BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE.

Honorary chairs for this "new party performance" by Allee Willis, directed by Jason Trucco, included Pamela Adlon, Lily Tomlin & Jane Wagner, Buck Henry, Marsha Norman and Bette Midler. Allee Willis has entertained these honorary chairs, and many others like Cyndi Lauper, Cher, The Pointer Sisters, RuPaul and MARK CUBAN at her house in Los Angeles - the former famous MGM party house.

La MaMa is the internationally acclaimed experimental theatre - begun by the late Ellen Stewart- now in its 55th season of presenting innovative and ground-breaking work from around the globe. This season alone, La MaMa will present over 70 productions of works from six continents. Mia Yoo is the company's Artistic Director.

La MaMa is dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. The organization has a worldwide reputation for producing daring performance works that defy form and transcend barriers of ethnic and cultural identity. Founded in 1961 by award-winning theatre pioneer Ellen Stewart, La MaMa has presented more than 5,000 productions by 150,000 artists from more than 70 nations. A recipient of more than 30 Obie Awards and dozens of Drama Desk, Bessie, and Villager Awards, La MaMa has helped launch the careers of countless artists, many of whom have made important contributions to American and international arts milieus.

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Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis performs 'Ba-de-ya Baby! Or: How I Learned to Love Theatre' for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10, 2016 in New York City.

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis Stage atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis Stage atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis Stage atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis Stage atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Mia Yoo

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Sonya H. Soutus, Frank Carucci and Mia Yoo

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Sonya H. Soutus, Frank Carucci and Mia Yoo

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Sonya H. Soutus, Frank Carucci and Mia Yoo

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Sonya H. Soutus, Frank Carucci and Mia Yoo

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Frank Carucci and Mia Yoo

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Joey Arias

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Joey Arian

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis with Mary Padian

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis with Mary Padian

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis with Mary Padian

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis with Mary Padian

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis with Mary Padian

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis performs 'Ba-de-ya Baby! Or: How I Learned to Love Theatre' for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10, 2016 in New York City.

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis with Mary Padian

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Kathleen Guzman with Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Kathleen Guzman with Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Kathleen Guzman with Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis perform 'Ba-de-ya Baby! Or: How I Learned to Love Theatre' for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10, 2016 in New York City.

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
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Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis performs 'Ba-de-ya Baby! Or: How I Learned to Love Theatre' for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10, 2016 in New York City.

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis performs 'Ba-de-ya Baby! Or: How I Learned to Love Theatre' for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10, 2016 in New York City.

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander during Allee Willis’s 'Ba-de-ya Baby! Or: How I Learned to Love Theatre' for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10, 2016 in New York City.

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis performs 'Ba-de-ya Baby! Or: How I Learned to Love Theatre' for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10, 2016 in New York City.

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis perform 'Ba-de-ya Baby! Or: How I Learned to Love Theatre' for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10, 2016 in New York City.

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Andrae Alexander and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis atmosphere

Photo Coverage: La MaMa Celebrates 55th Season with BADEYA BABY! or HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE THE THEATRE Gala
Allee Willis atmosphere

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