Sharon Playhouse, Sharon, CT: On May 21st at The Sharon Playhouse in Sharon, CT. ( with Marvin’s widow, Terre Blair Hamlisch in attendance,) Glenn Close Received The Marvin Hamlisch Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre
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Three-time Tony winner Glenn Close has been named the inaugural recipient of the Sharon Playhouse Marvin Hamlisch Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre. The stage and screen star, who is currently reprising her role as Norma Desmond in a limited London run of Sunset Boulevard, received the award during the Playhouse’s Season Benefit Gala May 21 in Sharon, Connecticut.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
The evening began with cocktails at 5:30 PM followed by the 6:30 PM performance, which featured Jason Tam, Eric William Morris, Lauren Marcus, pianist Peter Dugan and violinist Charles Yang. John Simpkins directed, with music direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross.
Close recently returned to the semi-staged London revival of Sunset Boulevard, after a brief hospitalization for a chest infection, according to telegraph.co.uk. She continued in the English National Opera production through May 7.
Thanks to The Sharonplayhouse.org for honoring Marvin Hamlisch and Glenn Close!
VIDEO: Charles Yang and Peter Dugan at Joe’s Pub. Rendition: House of the Rising Sun:
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 directs I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (August 4 –14) on Stage 2 in the Bok Gallery.
VIDEO FLASHBACK: Glenn Close – Sunset Boulevard:
(At Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 50th birthday celebration at the Royal Albert Hall.)