Photos: Backstage at the Geffen Honoring Carol Burnett Jim Gianopulos

35+ Photos from “Backstage at the Geffen” with Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Joe Mantegna, Dana Delaney, Carol Burnett, Jim Gianopulos


Here are more than 35 photos from the one-of-a-kind fundraiser, “Backstage at the Geffen,” which raised a record-setting $1 million for the artistic, education and outreach programs of the Geffen Playhouse.

(Click here to read details of the Gala.)

Photos include host Jane Lynch of “Glee,” honorees Carol Burnett and Jim Gianopulos, presenters Warren Beatty and Dick Van Dyke and the Triple-A-list stars who shared their stories or their musical talents. Participants included Matthew Morrison of “Glee,” (and Renee Puente who joined him on stage for a dance number,) Joe Mantegna of “Criminal Minds,” Dana Delaney of “Body of Proof,” Beth Behrs of “Two Broke Girls,” Andy Garcia, Annette Bening, Arturo Sandoval, Dame Helen Mirren, singer Monica Mancini and comedy writer Bruce Vilanch.

Also in the photo gallery below are sponsors and guests at the Backyard Restaurant at the W Los Angeles in Westwood, as well as in the Geffen lobby, where dessert was served after the show. Included are Ann and Jerry Moss, Elizabeth and Gil Cates, Jr., Laura Embry with Jane Lynch, Loretta Kaufman, Pamela Robinson, Susan Schwartz, Shantie, Susanna and Michael Midnight, James Gardner, Nausica Stergiou, W Los Angeles manager James Gancos, and from the Geffen artistic director Randall Arney, general manager Ken Novice, director of communications Allison Rawlings.

This page, top photo: Renee Puente came onstage for a dance with Matthew Morrison of “Glee,” who sang songs from his new album at Backstage at the Geffen honoring Carol Burnett Jim Gianopulos (That’s Brad Ellis, far right, at the piano)

Center photo: From left, couples Jane Lynch and Lara Embry left, and Carol Burnett and Brian Miller at a poolside dinner before Backstage at the Geffen honoring Carol Burnett Jim Gianopulos

Bottom photo: from left, The Geffen’s artistic director Randall Arney with the evening’s host Jane Lynch and Jim Gianopulos at Backstage at the Geffen honoring Carol Burnett and Jim Gianopulos

All photos on this page by Jordan Strauss/ Invision for the Geffen Playhouse

Click here to read the story about Backstage at the Geffen.


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Photos: Backstage at the Geffen Honoring Carol Burnett Jim Gianopulos

Published June 6, 2012 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA