From left: André De Shields, Impressionism; Geoffrey Rush, Exit the King; Joan Allen, Impressionism; Colin Hanks, 33 Variations; Janet McTeer, Mary Stuart; John Glover, Waiting for Godot; Lauren Ambrose, Exit the King; Marcia Gay Harden, God of Carnage; Jeremy Irons, Impressionism; Hope Davis, God of Carnage; James Gandolfini, God of Carnage; Andrea Martin, Exit the King; Steven Weber, The Philanthropist; Marsha Mason, Impressionism; Matthew Broderick, The Philanthropist; Jeff Daniels, God of Carnage; Nathan Lane, Waiting for Godot; Michael T. Weiss, Impressionism; Harriet Walter, Mary Stuart; Susan Sarandon, Exit the King; Jane Fonda, 33 Variations; Tovah Feldshuh, Irena’s Vow; David Hyde Pierce, Accent on Youth; Samantha Mathis, 33 Variations; Bill Irwin, Waiting for Godot. Photograph by Mark Seliger; styled by Christine Hahn
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For the June 2009 issue, Vanity Fair gathered 25 acclaimed Broadway stars of stage and screen for an original portrait taken by famed photographer Mark Seliger. The actors featured are now appearing on the New York stage in some of the hottest Broadway plays of the spring season.
For the shoot in late February, the actors arrived at Seliger Studios early in the morning for a light breakfast and a chance to catch-up with old friends, new friends and long-time colleagues. As they all started to fill the small studio space, their connection to each other was undeniable. Some had appeared together on stage or screen, some had passing social connections, and some met colleagues they long-admired for the first time. Since the photo shoot, the actors have met up with each other socially between performances and even had the chance to see their colleagues in action on stage.
The actors featured in the portrait include: 33 Variations’ Jane Fonda, Colin Hanks & Samantha Mathis; Accent on Youth’s David Hyde Pierce; Exit the King’s Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, Lauren Ambrose & Andrea Martin; God of Carnage’s Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini & Marcia Gay Harden; Impressionism’s Jeremy Irons, Joan Allen, Andrè De Shields, Marsha Mason and Michael T. Weiss; Irena’s Vow’s Tovah Feldshuh; Mary Stuart’s Janet McTeer & Harriet Walter; The Philanthropist’s Matthew Broderick & Steven Weber; Waiting for Godot’s Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin & John Glover.
To see this once in a lifetime gathering of actors, check out the June 2009 issue of Vanity Fair on stands Wednesday, May 6th. Click here for a special preview of the feature and footage from the shoot.
Mark Seliger and Vanity Fair have generously donated two prints of the portrait to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights Aids. BC/EFA will have the prints signed and auctioned at a future event.