Backstage at the Geffen Playhouse

Elton John, Lady Gaga
Backstage at the Geffen features Lady Gaga, honors Mellody Hobson, George Lucas, David Furnish, Sir Elton John



The event: Lady Gaga gave the audience at “Backstage at the Geffen” a huge surprise Mar. 22, when the Westwood playhouse honored filmmaker George Lucas and Mellody Hobson, David Furnish and Sir Elton John. Following a pre-performance VIP dinner, the recording superstar opened the night’s show to wild applause, singing “You and I,” while accompanying herself on the piano.

The crowd: “Castle” star Nathan Fillion served as the night’s emcee, while music legend Quincy Jones and “Pitch Perfect” director Jason Moore presented the awards. Among other participants in the night’s festivities were Anjelica Huston, Samuel L. Jackson, Beau Bridges, violinist Lee England, Jr., choreographer Toni Basil and the Geffen’s artistic director Randall Arney.

Others on hand included Paula Abdul, “Star Wars” director J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath, DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg, Disney’s Alan Horn, Patriots owner Robert K. Kraft, Karen Goldmith and Russell Goldsmith of City National Bank, Ann Gianopulos and Jim Gianopulos of Fox Filmed Entertainment, Fay Mancuso and Frank Mancuso, dance philanthropist Glorya Kaufman, TV producer Marcy Carsey, the night’s producer Gil Cates, Jr. and board co-chairs Pamela Robinson Hollander and Martha Henderson. Linda Bernstein Rubin and Loretta Everett Kaufman served as event co-chairs.

The numbers: The event raised a record-breaking $1.5 million for the Geffen Playhouse’s education, outreach and artistic iniatives. 



Top photo: Honoree Sir Elton John with surprise performer Lady Gaga at “Backstage at the Geffen” at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles (Photo by Jordan Strauss/ Invision for Geffen Playhouse/AP Images)

Second photo: Honorees from left, George Lucas, Mellody Hobson, Sir Elton John and David Furnish at “Backstage at the Geffen” at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles (Photo by Jordan Strauss/ Invision for Geffen Playhouse/AP Images) 

George Lucas, Mellody Hobson, Elton John, David Furnish

Third photo: Samuel L. Jackson, left, is welcomed to the stage by emcee Nathan Fillion of “Castle” at “Backstage at the Geffen” at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision for Geffen Playhouse/AP Images)



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Backstage at the Geffen Playhouse

Published Mar. 23, 2015 – Society News LA