The Geffen Playhouse will honor Tony winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dick Van Dyke at its 16th annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser May 19 in the Gil Cates Theater.
Hamilton creator Miranda, a Pulitzer, Tony, Grammy, and Emmy winner, will receive the Education Impact Award, while Tony and five-time Emmy winner Dick Van Dyke will receive the Distinction in Theater Award.
Both are set to appear in Disney's upcoming Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt.
Aisha Tyler will again host the annual event that recognizes the accomplishments of leaders in the artistic community, supports the theatre’s mission to produce original work, and raises funds for its education and community engagement programs.
“Dick Van Dyke has brought joy and entertainment to the world for more than 60 years, and in the last decade, Lin-Manuel Miranda has inspired millions of people with his work. In addition to their unparalleled contributions to the arts, Dick and Lin-Manuel share a commitment to young people and a belief in the power of live storytelling to inform and inspire audiences around the world,” said Geffen Playhouse Executive Director Gil Cates, Jr., who produces the show alongside board member Kevin Bright. “We are thrilled to bring these brilliant artists and philanthropists to the Geffen stage for another surprising Backstage event.”
For more information visit GeffenPlayhouse.org or call (310) 208-6500, ext. 112.