(This was the first time in 40
years that an organ had been heard in the Rainbow Room!)
Adler Centennial Celebration
Features Successful Alumni and Friends
Lumet, Benicio Del Toro and Harold Bloom Honored
Group Theatre Society presented "Stella by Starlight,"
the first-ever fundraiser for the Stella Adler Studio of
Acting, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of legendary
acting coach and the woman credited with bringing the Stanislavski
technique to AmericaStella Adler. The Rainbow Room gala
was a sparkling affair attended by former students, longtime
friends and celebrated individuals from the worlds of entertainment,
literature, and society.
The Stella Adler Studio presented
their first annual awards. Sidney Lumet,
Academy-Award nominated director and member of the original
Group Theatre, was honored with The Group Theatre
Award. Benicio Del Toro
(pictured at right, with
Academy Award-winning actor and former student of Stella Adler,
was presented with The Stella Adler Award. Harold
Bloom pre-eminent literary critic and author was given The
Jacob Adler Award.
tribute performances were extraordinary. The evening began
with a rendition of
"Stella by Starlight" played by internationally
renowned organist Larry Douglas Embury
Allen Renaissance Theatre Organ
with Bob Van Allen on piano. This was followed
by "25 Great American Plays of the 20th Century
25 Minutes," especially written by Gordon Hunt
for this event. The piece featured Kaitlin Hopkins,
Robert Sean Leonard, Audra McDonald
(pictured at left with Lauren
Jack McMartin, Roy Scheider, and Lois Smith.
The evening's entertainment ended with a very special performance
by Bette Midler, who once studied with Stella Adler.
She lit up Stella by Starlight" with her rendition
of "Laughing Matters," "I Regret Everything,"
and Wind Beneath My Wings."
honorary chairman of the evening was famed Stella Adler alumnus
Marlon Brando. The evening's chairmen Mike Medavoy
and Harvey Weinstein were joined by co-chairmen Ellen
Barkin, Zoe Caldwell and Roy Scheider
(pictured at right with Anna Moffo),
and dinner chairmen John and Barbara Hearst.
President and Director of Stella Adler Studio and
the grandson of Stella Adler, and Ellen Adler, Executive
Chairwoman of the school and the daughter of Stella,
welcomed guests to the Rainbow Room and were on hand to talk
with over 250 guests about the Studio's plans for the Next Century
Oppenheim commented, "Our first-ever Stella event, 'Stella
by Starlight,' was a rousing success. So many of Stella's
former students and friends were extraordinarily generous
and for that we are truly grateful. The funds from this
endeavor will be used to advance many important programs at
our new facility on 27th Street. This evening was a
wonderful tribute to Stella's memory."
new Stella Adler Studio of Acting, located at 31 West 27th
Street in Manhattan, occupies a 10,000 square-foot space and
boasts a world-class faculty and remarkably high enrollment.
The Studio is designed as a place for students to attend class
in one of nine studios, collaborate with peers in theatre-style
rehearsal spaces and perform in one of the two in-house theatres.
Mr. Oppenheim has organized the new Studio with special concentration
on the structuring of actor training programs that uphold
the tradition of the Stanislavski technique, maintain the
philosophy of his late grandmother, and open new doors for
young actors. The
evening raised more than $300,000 to further the work of the
Stella Adler Studio and the Group Theatre Society.
further information, please contact:
SAVVY Partners, Inc.