Preview: Backstage at the Geffen 2014

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Steve Carell to Host Backstage at the Geffen, Honoring Steve Martin, Disney’s Alan Horn



On Sat., Mar. 22, at Backstage at the Geffen, comedy great Steve Martin will receive the Distinction in Theater Award and Alan F. Horn, chair of The Walt Disney Studios, will receive the Distinction in Service Award from the Geffen Playhouse.

Comedian Steve Carell of “The Office,” “Crazy, Stupid Love,” “40-Year-Old Virgin” and other classics will serve as host for the theater’s annual fundraiser. Walt Disney Co. chair and chief executive Robert Iger, TV correspondent Willow Bay, NBCUniversal vice-chair Ron Meyer and Kelly Meyer will serve as honorary chairs.

“You never know who will show up,” according to the Geffen Playhouse website, for this event, in which an impressive line-up of stars sing, dance or share personal anecdotes from their lives in the theater.

Although this year’s cast has not yet been announced, performers sharing their talents and off-the-record tales in previous years have included Dame Helen Mirren, Annette Bening, Clint Eastwood, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Julie Andrews, Carl Reiner, Christina Applegate, Sarah Chang, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Jackson Browne, Ray Romano, Martin Short, Dick Van Dyke, Josh Gad, Morgan Freeman, Carol Kane, Topher Grace, Andy Garcia, Joe Mantegna, Dana Delany, Beth Behrs, Monica Mancini, Arturo Sandoval, Mona Golabek and others. Recent honorees were Billy Crystal, Carol Burnett, Fox Filmed Entertainment chair Jim Gianopoulos and Geffen Playhouse founding chair Bruce Ramer.

Host Committee memberships begin at $5,000 for 2 seats at the show and private host committee dinner and other special perks. Single tickets range from $350 to $1,500. For more information, click here or call (310) 208-6500.

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Top photo: Steve Martin, upcoming recipient of the Distinction in Theater Award at Backstage at the Geffen 2014 (photo, courtesy of the Geffen Playhouse)

Second photo: Alan Horn, upcoming recipient of the Distinction in Service Award at Backstage at the Geffen 2014 (photo, courtesy of the Geffen Playhouse)

Third photo: Steve Carell, host of Backstage at the Geffen 2014 (photo, courtesy of the Geffen Playhouse)



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Published Feb. 4, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA