Tuesday, May 21, 2024

David Geffen Gives $150 Million Donation to Yale School of Drama, Which Will Now Be Tuition-Free and Named for Him


Call it the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University.

The record and movie mogul, and current co-producer of “The Music Man” on Broadway, has donated $150 million to the Yale School of Drama. They’ve renamed the school for him, and students will attend tuition free.

Geffen, who made his name in the music industry with Geffen Records, went on to become a hugely successful producer on Broadway and one third of the Dreamworks triumvirate. His name is on a lot of prestigious buildings including UCLA Medical Center and Lincoln Center’s Philharmonic Hall.

Now he’s going to be written into history at Yale, where Meryl Streep and so many other famous actors have honed their craft.

The school writes: “a loving gift of this magnitude leaves us thrice-blessed: with a jubilant observance of the power of live theater; with a humbling reminder of our responsibility for the quality of training we offer to present and future students; and with the thrilling promise of those students’ talents for making art that promotes wonder, empathy, and understanding in the world, for generations to come.”

For me, David Geffen did enough when he started Asylum Records, gave us Crosby, Stills &Nash, Joni Mitchell, and Laura Nyro, and The Eagles. And he dated Cher! Who knew there would be all this largesse? Mazel tov!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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