Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse will honor award-winning artists Quincy Jones and Mel Brooks at its Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser March 19, 2017. The evening will honor their accomplishments and support the theatre’s future programming and community initiatives.
The annual event is an evening of performances and personal tales of life behind-the-scenes. The evening will be held at the Gil Gates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse and will be hosted by two-time Emmy winner Dana Delany.
Jones, a founding Board member of the Geffen Playhouse, will be honored with the Distinction in Service Award. Throughout his legendary career, Jones has earned an Emmy Award, Tony Award, seven Oscar nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, 27 Grammy Awards, N.A.R.A.S.’ Trustees’ Award, and the Grammy Living Legend Award—he is the all-time most-nominated Grammy artist with a total of 79 Grammy nominations. He has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master, and was most recently presented with the National Medal of Arts.
Director, producer, writer, and actor Brooks, well known for his acclaimed production of The Producers on Broadway, will be presented with the Distinction in Theatre Award. Brooks is a Tony, Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy winner, and has been presented with the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2016 President Obama also presented him with The National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the United States government.
Host Committee memberships and levels of support begin at $5,000. Individual mezzanine tickets are $1,500. For more information, visit Geffenplayhouse.org/backstage or call (310) 208-6500 Ext. 112.