Connecticut's Sharon Playhouse has announced that three-time Tony Award winner Glenn Close will headline its Season Benefit Gala on May 21. Close will also be the inaugural recipient of the Sharon Playhouse Marvin Hamlisch Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre.
Glenn Close will be joined onstage by Jason Tam (A Chorus Line), Eric William Morris (Mamma Mia!), Lauren Marcus (Be More Chill), pianist Peter Dugan, and violinist Charles Yang. The event is directed by John Simpkins with music direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross.
"Marvin lived in our community for a time and we are thrilled to establish an award in his name," said artistic director John Simpkins in a statement. "There is no finer person to be the inaugural recipient of the award than Glenn Close, another artist and person synonymous with excellence."
Known for her work on stage and screen, Close is the winner of three Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards, and one Drama Desk Award. She has received six Academy Award nominations. Currently, Close is starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard in London.