Quincy Jones and Mel Brooks to Be Honored at Geffen Playhouse Fundraiser
“Backstage at the Geffen is a beloved Geffen Playhouse tradition for artists and art-lovers alike. Year after year, the event brings together the artistic community’s most prominent players to share the magic of live performance through funny and heartfelt stories,” said executive director Gil Cates Jr.
The Geffen Playhouse has tapped Quincy Jones and Mel Brooks for top honors at its 15th annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser.
The event — designed to honor leaders in the artistic community while supporting the Geffen's mission to produce original, quality works — is scheduled for March 19 inside the Geffen's Gil Cates Theater. Dana Delany will host the show, which also features unscripted surprise performers and storytellers sharing stories of theater life behind-the-scenes. City National Bank continues for the eighth consecutive year as title sponsor, while Audi of America returns as a presenting sponsor for a 12th time.
Jones, a founding board member of the Geffen Playhouse, will receive the Distinction in Service Award. During his impressive 60-plus years in the music business, Jones has earned an Emmy, a Tony, seven Oscar nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, 27 Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy's prestigious Trustees’ Award and the Grammy Living Legend Award. He also is the all-time most-nominated Grammy artist with 79 nominations.
Known as a director, producer, writer and actor, Brooks will be honored with the Distinction in Theater Award. He is one of the few EGOT winners, having earned Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards in his career. He won his first Oscar in 1964 for writing and narrating the animated short The Critic and his second in 1969 for the screenplay of his first feature film, The Producers. For three successive seasons, Brooks won Emmys for Mad About You. He received three 2001 Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards for The Producers: The New Mel Brooks Musical, which ran on Broadway from 2001-2007. With 12 awards total, Producers holds the record for the most Tonys ever won by a Broadway musical.
“Backstage at the Geffen is a beloved Geffen Playhouse tradition for artists and art-lovers alike," Geffen Playhouse executive director Gil Cates Jr., who produces the show alongside Geffen Playhouse board member Kevin Bright, said in a statement. "Year after year, the event brings together the artistic community’s most prominent players to share the magic of live performance through funny and heartfelt stories.”
More information about the event can be found here.