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Harry Belafonte and Lily Tomlin to be Honored at 17th Annual "Backstage at the Geffen” Fundraiser

April 22, 2019

Geffen Playhouse will honor legendary singer, songwriter, actor and activist Harry Belafonte and groundbreaking performer, comedienne and activist Lily Tomlin during its 17th annual Backstage at the Geffen fundraiser, it was announced today. Mr. Belafonte will receive the Artistic Impact Award, which will be accepted on his behalf by daughter Gina Belafonte, and Ms. Tomlin will receive the Distinction in Theater Award.

Backstage at the Geffen will be held May 19 in Geffen Playhouse’s Gil Cates Theater. In addition to host Julia Sweeney, the evening will include unscripted, surprise performers and storytellers sharing songs and personal stories of life behind-the-scenes.
“Harry Belafonte and Lily Tomlin are true pioneers in the arts who have broken down barriers for generations of entertainers,” said Geffen Playhouse Executive Director Gil Cates, Jr. “Not only are they Hollywood legends, they are selfless humanitarians who share a passion for social activism and making the world a better place for all. We are humbled to honor them during Backstage at the Geffen.”
Backstage at the Geffen recognizes the accomplishments of leaders in the artistic community, supports the theater’s mission to produce original, quality work and raises funds for its award-winning education and community engagement programs, which bring live theater to more than 15,000 underserved youth, seniors and veterans annually.

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