PHOTO CALL: Darren Criss, Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson Party at the Carlyle

News   PHOTO CALL: Darren Criss, Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson Party at the Carlyle
 
A party was held at the Carlyle Jan. 19 in honor of The Mountaintop's Angela Bassett. Among those on hand were her co-star Samuel L. Jackson and How to Succeed leading man Darren Criss, who treated guests to a few tunes on the piano.

Producer Jean Doumanian hosted the event, which celebrated the success of The Mountaintop's limited run on Broadway.

Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning drama The Mountaintop, which recouped its entire initial investment of $3.1 million, ends its limited, extended engagement Jan. 22 at 3 PM at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre following 24 previews and 117 regular performances.

Taking place on April 3, 1968, The Mountaintop, press notes state, is a "gripping reimagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After delivering his legendary 'I've Been to the Mountaintop' speech, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious young woman delivers room service, King is forced to confront his past, as well as his legacy to his people."

Bassett, recently seen on screen in the "Green Lantern," is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Tina Turner in the biopic "What’s Love Got to Do With It," earning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture and an Academy Award nomination for her performance. Jackson appeared on Broadway in The Piano Lesson. An Academy Award nominee for "Pulp Fiction," his other screen credits include "The Sunset Limited," the "Iron Man" films, "Freedomland," "Snakes on a Plane," the "Star Wars" prequels, "The Incredibles," "Unbreakable," "The Negotiator," "Jackie Brown," "Eve's Bayou" and "Jurassic Park," among others.

Tickets are available at Telecharge.com. The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre is located at 242 West 45th Street.

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