Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Sharon Playhouse Spotlights Marvin Hamlisch And Glenn Close
Lisa Green reports from Sharon. “What I Did For Love” is one of the late composer Marvin Hamlisch’s best-known tunes, and at the Sharon Playhouse Spotlight Gala on Saturday, May 21, it was clear that it is love that keeps this vital institution alive. The evening was a tribute to Hamlisch, who, with his wife Terre Blair Hamlisch, had a home in the area. It also gave the theater the opportunity to award actor Glenn Close (a friend of the Hamlisches) with the inaugural Sharon Playhouse Marvin Hamlisch Award for Excellence in Musical Theater. After cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guests filed into the theater where artists from past shows performed some of Hamlisch’s best-loved songs, concluding with Close singing “The Way We Were.” As a bonus, there was a brief Q&A with the actress (who admitted that Robert Redford was a good kisser). Proceeds from the evening, which included silent and not-so-silent auctions, will help fund the nonprofit’s many education programs, including the summer youth theater program and internships. The season begins on June 16 with a production of Gypsy featuring Broadway star Karen Ziemba. [Above, board president Bobbie Olsen with former board member Alexandra Lange and Leon Graham.]
Graham Klemm and Mark Schearer; Justin Ball, Sharon Playhouse managing director, and his wife, Anna Ulrich.
Sharon Playhouse supporters (and Rural Intelligence fans) Greg Pierson, Rick Aronstein and John Willey, an interior designer.
Finance professionals Scott Frost and Judith Frost; actor David Fanning, who will be performing in three shows at the Playhouse this summer, and Michelle Humphrey, the costume designer.
Christopher Evans, Lloyd Barody, Zeina Mehio, a chef, and Joshua Garner.
Terre Blair Hamlisch and Glenn Close make their way to the cocktail portion of the evening; Jim Larkin and Bucky Keady, head of talent for Time, Inc.