An evening with a legend
On April 13, 2015 the Graduate Board of the Hasty Pudding Institute hosted their third annual Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. The Order of the Golden Sphinx, named for a traditional symbol of The Hasty Pudding Institute, is the highest honor bestowed by the Institute and recognizes individuals in the entertainment industry for their extraordinary contributions to the performing arts. The recipient represents the Institute’s mission to support and foster the performing arts within its membership, at Harvard, and the community at large. Previous recipients of the Order of the Golden Sphinx award include Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment Inc., and David Heyman, founder of Heyday Films and producer of “Gravity.”
This year the honoree was legendary music producer Clive Davis, the current Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment. Music has always been an integral part of the Hasty Pudding traditions, from the musical comedies produced by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, to the vocal performances of the Harvard Krokodiloes, so it was time the Pudding turned to the music industry to select their next Order of the Golden Sphinx recipient. Clive Davis’s tremendous achievements in discovering and fostering new musical talent made him a logical choice. Recipient of five GRAMMYS, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer, he has been closely involved with a large list of landmark artists throughout his career - Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Earth, Wind & Fire, Patti Smith, Barry Manilow, Santana, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, and Jennifer Hudson - the list goes on and is impressive.
The evening started off with a bang with once again the Pudding’s own Mo Rocca ‘91 (CBS Sunday Morning, “My Grandmother’s Ravioli”) leading the now traditional opening number “MY Lucky Night” with updated lyrics for Clive Davis, featuring the HPT cast, the Kroks and a handful of HPI alumni.
As usual the evening was emcee’d by the Hasty Pudding’s Grand Sphinx, Andrew Farkas.
The Harvard Krokodiloes performed a short selection of songs, with their rendition of “Sing, Sing, Sing” and its high-flying choreography winning over the audience.
On a more serious note, Andrew Farkas presented a summary of the Pudding’s philanthropic work this year, illustrated by a short video showcasing all our partners such as BAM, The Arthur Miller Foundation and the Institute of Play, the West End House Boys & Girls Club, the A.R.T., the Black List and our newest partner, Ghetto Film School.
It was then time to bring Clive Davis on stage, induct him into the Hasty Pudding and present him with his Golden Sphinx. At the end of a very thoughtful thank you speech, Clive decided to surprise and honor our guests with a sneak-peek presentation of a new young artist he’s launching, Avery Wilson. Just as Clive introduced Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys to select audiences before their big breaks, when they were 19, Avery is himself 19 and possesses a wonderful voice which wowed and captivated all present and won him a standing ovation. This exclusive presentation made everyone present feel like they were witnessing something very special, that would be remembered for years to come.
The evening concluded with a fantastic closing number, “Clive Davis’s State of Mind” a mash up of Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” with Alicia Key and Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind”, written and arranged by Larry O’Keefe ‘91 and Nell Benjamin ‘93.
The gala helped raise $1.4m for the organization which goes towards the Club’s operating expenses (such as the rent of the Clubhouse) and towards our philanthropic grants and fellowships. It was a wonderful evening, and, to quote actor Victor Garber, “one of the best executed events (he) ever attended”. We are eternally grateful to Clive Davis for generously lending his time, friendship and expertise to the Pudding.
The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 honored acclaimed Producer David Heyman on March 10, 2014 as the 2014 recipient of the Order of the Golden Sphinx . The annual Order of the Golden Sphinx gala was held at the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. Heyman’s critically acclaimed box office hit Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney received 10 Academy Award nominations and won an outstanding seven Oscars. He is the producer of all the film adaptations of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books.
The Order of the Golden Sphinx, named for a traditional symbol of The Hasty Pudding Institute, is the highest honor bestowed by the Institute. This award recognizes individuals for their extraordinary contributions to the arts.
The Cast of Heathers: The Musical
The Pudding Cast with Neil Patrick Harris and Andrew L. Farkas
Guests in attendance included Master of Ceremonies Andrew L. Farkas, Hasty Pudding Theatricals 2014 Man of the Year Neil Patrick Harris, Courtney B. Vance, Mo Rocca, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Jeff and Lisa Blau, Diane Paulus, Michael Mayer, Lyor Cohen, Daniel Loeb, Howard and Abby Milstein, Pamela Hanson, Mickey and Peggy Drexler, Steve Hanson, Stew Leonard, Susan Merinoff, and Barry and Lizanne Rosenstein.
Continuing their philanthropic mission, the Pudding officially announced the four funding initiatives: the BAM Arts & Justice program, Arthur Miller Foundation and the Institute of Play, East End Special Players, and inaugural Hasty Pudding Institute Screenwriting Fellowship with The Black List. The grant recipients represent the Institute’s mission to foster the arts and encourage their growth.
BAM Arts & Justice program provides at-risk high school students with a forum for artistic creation related to social justice issues. Funding from the Pudding enables the addition of a distance learning component for the program, connecting the students in New York City with an initiative at the Tate Liverpool in a collaborative creative exercise.
The Arthur Miller Foundation and Institute of Play donation will be used to support the design and pilot of an exportable theater-film program to re-envision the role of arts in middle and high school education. The pilot program will be the basis for an in-school curriculum with the potential for wide reach across public schools.
The East End Special Players, a theater company comprised of adults with disabilities, will hold their first performance in NYC on April 12. The Pudding is sponsoring this performance in order to allow the company to reach a broader audience, as well as to engage an intern to coordinate outreach and engagement around the event.
The inaugural Hasty Pudding Institute Screenwriting Fellowship with The Black List begins March 18, 2014. The goal of this grant is to provide an aspiring writer of satire or social commentary the resources to continue developing content in the Hasty Pudding tradition. The Black List, an organization known for identifying the best screenplays in the entertainment industry, will host the Fellowship’s selection process; a panel of top producers, writers and entertainment industry executives will evaluate the top contenders to select the Fellow.
The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 announces acclaimed Producer David Heyman as the 2014 recipient of the Order of the Golden Sphinx award. Mr. Heyman will be honored and presented with the prestigious award at the annual Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala to be held at the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City on March 10, 2014.
The Order of the Golden Sphinx, named for a traditional symbol of The Hasty Pudding Institute, is the highest honor bestowed by the Institute and recognizes individuals in the entertainment industry for their extraordinary contributions to the performing arts. The recipient represents the Institute’s mission to support and foster the performing arts within its membership, at Harvard, and the community at large. Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment Inc., received the 2013 Order of the Golden Sphinx award.
“I can think of no better recipient of this year’s Order of the Golden Sphinx than David Heyman,” said Andrew Farkas, Grand Sphinx of the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770. “David’s tremendous achievement in film and contributions to the arts embody the passion of those individuals upon whom we proudly bestow our highest honor.”
“I can think of few higher honours than receiving the Order of the Golden Sphinx. The order celebrates freedom of expression, and creative originality, and as a producer I have been fortunate enough to work with a number of talented people blessed with fearless creative freedom. They are qualities to be cherished and encouraged, and it is has been a privilege to work among them,” said David Heyman.
David Heyman is the producer of all the film adaptations of J.K Rowling’s hugely successful Harry Potter books. In 1997, he read Rowling’s first unpublished manuscript and thought it might have some film potential; little did he know that this instinct would change his life. His most recent production is the critical and box office hit Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Other producing credits include We're the Millers, Yes Man, I Am Legend, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and Is Anybody There? In the past year he has ventured into TV, producing David Hare's intelligence thrillers, The Worricker Trilogy, and psychological ghost story The Thirteenth Tale. Educated in England and the United States, Heyman began his career as a production runner on Milos Forman’s Ragtime and David Lean’s A Passage to India. In 1986, he moved to Los Angeles to become a creative executive at Warner Bros., where he worked on such films as Gorillas in the Mist and GoodFellas. In 1996 he set up Heyday Films, with the intention of building on his unique relationships in the U.S. and Europe to produce international films and television programs. Heyman won ShoWest’s Producer of the Year Award in 2003, becoming the first British producer to have ever received that honor. In 2011 CineEurope trade fair, he was named the Producer of the Decade.
The Order of the Golden Sphinx gala enfolds as a dinner with special performances by Hasty Pudding Theatricals and Harvard Krokodiloes undergraduates and alumni, produced by Amanda Lipitz Productions and written and composed by Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde: The Musical, The Explorers Club) and Larry O’Keefe (Legally Blonde: The Musical, Heathers: The Musical), both alumni of the Pudding.
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