Glenn Close to headline Sharon Playhouse Gala and receive Marvin Hamlisch Award

Glenn Close

Glenn Close

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, is proud to announce that three-time Tony Award winning Glenn Close will headline the Season Benefit Gala on Saturday, May 21, 2016 on the Sharon Playhouse stage.

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 is currently starring in a critically acclaimed performance of Sunset Boulevard in London.

Close will be 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 begins on May 21 at 5:30 with cocktails on the terrace, followed by a 6:30pm performance. Glenn Close will be 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 is directed by John Simpkins with music direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross.

Gala tickets ($125) include the Entertainment, Award presentation, silent auction, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and dessert. For more information, visit or call (860) 364-7469 ext 100 to purchase tickets.

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.

About The Sharon Playhouse:

Founded in 1989, The Sharon Playhouse (49 Amenia Road) is located at the foot of the Berkshires in idyllic Sharon, CT, just minutes from the Metro North (Wassaic) train station.

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