Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, awarded three-time Tony Award winning Glenn Close with the inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre at the Season Benefit Gala Saturday, May 21 on the Sharon Playhouse stage. Check out photos below!

Terre Blair Hamlisch presented the Award to Glenn Close, in honor of her late husband, the award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch.

Star of stage and screen, Close is regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation. She is the winner of three Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards (The Real Thing, Death and the Maiden, Sunset Boulevard), two Golden Globe Awards, one Drama Desk Award, one Screen Actors Guild Award, and has received six Academy Award nominations. She recently starred in a critically acclaimed performance of Sunset Boulevard in London.

Close is the inaugural recipient of the Sharon Playhouse Marvin Hamlisch Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre. "Marvin Hamlisch embodies the way we at the Sharon Playhouse think about making theatre. He was not only an icon in theatre, film, and music - but he was a man who cared deeply about the way in which music can make a difference in the lives of people," said Artistic Director John Simpkins. "Marvin lived in our community for a time and we are thrilled to establish an award in his name. There is no finer person to be the inaugural recipient of the award than Glenn Close, another artist and person synonymous with excellence." Marvin Hamlisch won three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, a Pulitzer, and three Golden Globes.

The evening began at 5:30 with cocktails on the terrace, followed by a 6:30pm performance. Glenn Close was joined on stage by Jason Tam (A Chorus Line), Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!), Lauren Marcus (Be More Chill), pianist Peter Dugan and violinist Charles Yang. The evening was directed by John Simpkins with music direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross.

The Sharon Playhouse 2016 Season includes Tony Winner Karen Ziemba in Gypsy (June 16- July 3); Nicholas Ward in Big River (July 21-31); and Tony Winner Elizabeth Franz in Quartet (August 18-28) on the Mainstage. Klea Blackhurst stars in Kooman and Dimond's Judge Jackie: Disorder in the Court (July 7-17) and Jennifer Werner (The Book of Mormon) directs I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (August 4 - 14) on Stage 2 in the Bok Gallery.

Photo Credit: Randy O'Rourke

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Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Peter Dugan, Glenn Close, Charles Yang, Terre Blair Hamlisch

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Sharon Playhouse Artistic Director John Simpkins, Glenn Close, Sharon Playhouse Board President Bobbie Olsen, Terre Blair Hamlisch

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Matt Schmiedel, Glenn Close, John Simpkins

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Tony Award winners Elizabeth Franz and Glenn Close

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Eric William Morris, Alyse Alan Louis

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
John Simpkins, Glenn Close, Justin Ball

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Michelle Humphrey, Matt Schmiedel

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
William Mitchell, Charles Yang, John Simpkins, Terre Blair Hamlish, Peter Dugan, Mitchell Beja

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Joe Iconis, Lauren Marcus

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Lee Harrington, Joe Iconis, Lauren Marcus

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Maja Clark, Glenn Close

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Sharon Playhouse Managing Director Justin Ball and wife, Anna

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Jordan Stanley, Amanda Huxtable, Josh Greenblatt, Ashley Sweetman

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Sharon Playhouse Managing Director Justin Ball

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Sharon Playhouse Board President Bobbie Olsen

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Eric William Morris

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Eric William Morris, Lauren Marcus

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Peter Dugan, Charles Yang

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Charles Yang

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Jason Tam

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Glenn Close

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Terre Blair Hamlisch

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Glenn Close

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Glenn Close

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Peter Dugan, Glenn Close

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
Peter Dugan, Charles Yang



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