Marvin Hamlisch
American composer and conductor
Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Frederick Hamlisch is an American composer. He is one of only thirteen people to have been awarded Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and a Tony (those four together are known as an EGOT). He is also one of only two people to EGOT and also win a Pulitzer Prize (the other is Richard Rodgers). Hamlisch has also won two Golden Globes.
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Jennifer Ashley Tepper Dazzles Again With 'The Untold Stories Of Broadway'
Huffington Post - 3 months
If the walls of Broadway's fabled theatres could talk, they'd tell amazing stories. And historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper shares them with flair. As she never tires of pointing out, the physical setting of a theatre--everything from modern sounds and lights to a creaking infrastructure dating back decades--can play as much of a role in shaping productions as the actors onstage. There may be no better example than the surreal opening night of "Once in a Lifetime," a comedy written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, which debuted at the Music Box Theatre in 1930. As the show began the cast realized that something was gravely wrong. Surefire laugh lines were falling flat and the audience was silent. It hadn't heard one word. In his memoir, "Act One," Hart remembered looking wildly toward Kaufman to see what was amiss, and the panic ended only when a voice in the balcony rang out: "It's the fans--turn off the fans!" In the excitement of opening night, an electrician forgot to shut them ...
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My Thank You Note to Barbra Streisand
Huffington Post - 5 months
I seldom talk about it, but if you know me long or well, you know. And I have my mother to thank for it, because I am fairly certain that she was listening to Funny Girl when I was in utero. (My father's influence, on the other hand, was more along the lines of Man of La Mancha, which explains an awful lot about my outlook on life, but that's a story for another day.) I believe I entered the world singing, "People, people who need people..." and it's been a slippery slope ever since. As her new album, Encore Movie Partners Sing Broadway debuts at #1, and she wrapped up what she said will be her last concert tour ever, it seems only fitting to pause and reflect for a moment on the road taken, the choices made, and the life lived. Oh, I don't mean hers. She's sifting through that herself for her memoir. I mean mine - because my life could easily have gone in a whole different direction. Any lifelong fan of an artist will tell you how the artist's music was the soundtrack of the ...
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New Musical Theatre a Hysterical Night in Bullets at Pantages
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Photo Courtesy of Nederlander / Pantages Theatre Hit and miss. That's my relationship with Woody Allen's work; hit and miss. When he's funny, when he's on, either as an entertainer or a director, he's very, very on. On my list of favorites of mine from Allen is Bullets Over Broadway; a campy film that tells Allen's tale over and over again; young, insecure nebbish guy, glitzy girl, improbable situations, irony and satire galore it's one of his best. It's because of the strength of the source material it seemed a shoe-in for a full-blown Broadway success as a musical especially with Allen writing the play's book, Marvin Hamlisch and Craig Carneila doing the original music and score. A majority of music for the play would be period era pieces that existed already, allegedly a recommendation from Allen's sister, Letty Aronson. Susan Stroman was brought in to help bring that to life and bam! In 2014 a new musical was brought to Broadway's St. James Theatre. Reviews for it were ...
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Exclusive Trailer: Marvin Hamlisch Documentary
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
The "American Masters" documentary "Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love" premieres Dec. 27 on PBS. Watch an exclusive trailer featuring musician-composer Hamlisch, Barbra Streisand, and others. For more, go to (Photo/Video: PBS)
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THIRTEEN's American Masters Series and Dramatic Forces Co-Produce First Film Biography of Composer-Conductor Marvin Hamlisch Featuring Exclusive Access to His Personal Archives
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Season 27 Finale Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love Premieres Nationally Friday, December 27, 2013 on PBS (check local listings)Tony-winner Dori Berinstein's documentary features new interviews with family, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Steven Soderbergh, Quincy Jones, Sir Tim Rice, Christopher Walken, Joe Torre, Woody Allen,John Lithgow,Lucie Arnaz,Ann-Margretand othersConnect with other cultural icons YORK, Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Composer, conductor, genius, mensch: Marvin Hamlisch (June 2, 1944 – Aug. ...
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Michael Feinstein Talks London Festival of Cabaret, LGBT Issues and More (AUDIO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
This week I talked with multifaceted entertainer Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum, two-time Emmy Award-nominated and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook" and considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. Michael will be headlining the London Festival of Cabaret on Nov. 4 at the Palace Theatre, where he will be performing his acclaimed show "Michael Feinstein & Friends," joined by special guests Elaine Paige and Julian Ovenden for an evening of great music, lyrics and performance. I talked with Michael about his upcoming show in London and his spin on LGBT issues. When asked about his personal commitment to LGBT civil rights, he stated: One of the things in my life has been the evolution I've gone through in my perception about LGBT ...
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Liz Smith: She's Still Here -- Beautiful, 'Bossy' Barbra -- the Legend Is Lavished With Well-Deserved Praise at the Lincoln Center Film Society
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Well, in my limited experience, I'd have to say -- that was the best-girl-on-girl action of my life!" • This was actress Amy Irving, referring to her "love scene," kissing Barbra Streisand in"Yentl -- you know, the one where Barbra is forced to masquerade as a male Yeshiva student, so as to further the education denied to women of her time. This choice bit of info came the other night onstage at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, where Barbra was feted by famous colleagues and friends, before receiving (from President Clinton) the Chaplin Award for her extraordinary career on film as an actress, singer, director producer. (The latter two, one might say, she's been in training for all her life! Even before movies came knocking.) I've been to these big events over the years and admired Anne Tannenbaum for turning them into money-makers for film history. (This year she raised over $2 million.) I've seen Elizabeth Taylor, Woody Allen, Meryl Streep, Claudette Colbert ...
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Randall Jenson: Oscars 2013 Bring Gay Surprises And The Best 'Divas Live' Performances Ever
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Full of exciting performances and celebrity spotlights, this year's Oscars proved to be not only an amazing awards telecast but one of the best Divas Live concerts in a long time. The opening number featured ambiguously gay host Seth MacFarlane singing an original song, "We Saw Your Boobs," which listed the many famous actresses who have bared their breasts on the big screen. Ironically, as the song reached its climax, MacFarlane was joined by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, who likely had no real interest in the jingle's topic. Brave, with its strong feminist undertones, won for Best Animated Feature Film. Though I was disappointed that neither The Invisible War nor How to Survive a Plague, two important social justice films, won for Best Documentary Feature (they lost out to Searching for Sugar Man), I was pleased that Anne Hathaway swept away the competition and proved every queen's predication right with her win for Best Supporting Actress for Les Misérables. I als ...
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Michael Russnow: Oscars 2013: Seth MacFarlane Best When He Wasn't Trying to be Funny
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
This year's Oscars show on ABC wrapped after a bit over three and a half hours and there were a bunch of great moments, a bit of tedium and a lot of disappointment over the tasteless antics of host Seth MacFarlane. Look, I'm not a prude, though I've ranted at the likes of Ricky Gervais when he hosted the Golden Globes. You don't have to be sweetness and light and/or just mildly funny, but as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler displayed at the Golden Globes you can find the right mix to be biting and clever without resorting to cheap, shocking and sometimes hurtful jokes. I was neither backstage nor in the control booth, but I can guess something must have happened after the overlong 17-minute opening segment, wherein MacFarlane early on cast mock aspersion at last year's Best Actor winner, Jean Dujardin, as essentially having since disappeared, when it's clear his stellar career is mostly anchored in France. And a sometimes funny bit with William Shatner, beaming in from the fut ...
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What To Watch This New Year's Eve
Huffington Post - about 4 years
As 2012 comes to a close, viewers will have a lot of New Year's Eve TV programming to pick from. There's something for everyone tonight, whether you're feeling traditional and want to celebrate with "New Year's Rockin' Eve" (sadly without Dick Clark for the first time) or a splatter-tastic "Walking Dead" marathon -- here's a list of TV highlights for December 31, 2012. "Pretty Woman" (8 p.m. EST, Lifetime) Get nostalgic with the classic Julia Roberts/Richard Gere rom-com before the night's festivities begin. "Enchanted" (8 p.m. EST, NBC) Those looking for family-friendly fare will enjoy this magical Disney movie starring Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey and Susan Sarandon. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" Marathon (8 p.m. EST, The Hub) A 10-episode marathon of Kevin Sorbo's fantasy series, if you want to ring in the new year with a sword and sandals fix. "New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark" (8 p.m. EST, ABC) The night kicks off with a two-hour countdo ...
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Liz Smith: Journalism As Fiction, Fiction As Journalism: The Capote Dictum
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"THE THING is there are people who are writing phony romans a clef about people they never knew or met. Like Jackie Susann. If you are writing about people you actually know, then it's different. But to take Mrs. Onassis or Lee Radziwill or me, like Susann has done, is not playing the game fair. If you know the people and have some basis to make a judgment, it becomes a work of journalism or reportage!" I JUST found again this statement made by Truman Capote back in 1976. It would have worked perfectly into the current examination of Capote that you can find in December's issue of Vanity Fair. I see that I filed it under the headline "Twerked Off!" It seems friend Truman believed he was the only one entitled to examine the famous among his important friends. This kind of thinking about what constitutes real "journalism or reportage" would render the works of historians and biographers useless. And a lot of stories of gossip and current goings on, would be useless. An ...
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Stanley K. Sheinbaum: Hooray for Hollywood
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Los Angeles-based Stanley K. Sheinbaum, was, in his "younger years," referred to as the head of the Malibu Mafia, a self-styled group of L.A. Westside liberals active in Democratic politics which included his wife, Betty Warner Shainbaum. He was also a key player in the original negotiations with then-Palestinian President Yasser Arafat -- negotiations that eventually lead to the Camp David Agreements. The following is a compilation taken from his recently published memoir, Stanley K. Sheinbaum: A 20th Century Knight's Quest for Peace, Civil Liberties and Economic Justice. In this compilation, Sheinbaum describes how he first became involved with the Malibu Mafia through the "Pentagon Papers" Trial of Daniel Ellsberg. When I first became involved with fund raising for the Daniel Ellsberg trial and the Pentagon Papers, I was very upbeat. Then, when the trial was moved to Los Angeles, I had a problem because I needed to raise a lot of money and I didn't really know that many ...
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Dustin Fitzharris: Dionne Warwick: Living for Now
Popeater - over 4 years
Fifty years ago Dionne Warwick scored her first Top 40 hit with "Don't Make Me Over." Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, it was not only the beginning of Warwick's career, but also a relationship that she refers to as a "triangle marriage that works." To commemorate her golden anniversary, Warwick has released Now. The album features new interpretations on several of her classics by Bacharach and David, as well as four new songs that are among the last written by David, who died in September at 91. Reflecting on all of the years they worked together, Warwick found it difficult to express what David meant to her. "He was just one of those people who will always be in my heart," Warwick said. "He was a friend. He was a mentor. He was just there. How do you explain that? I don't think I can." With a catalog of hits to choose from, the task of selecting songs for Now could have been daunting. However, Warwick left it up to others; asking friends, peers and ev ...
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Lew Whittington: Peter Nero Pops Out in Style
Huffington Post - over 4 years
After a snarky public feud between Peter Nero and the administrative board of his own orchestra concerning the renewal of his contract, the legendary pianist-conductor is exiting next year. Meanwhile, Nero was unceremoniously business kicking off his 34th season like he always is; he was his droll self, editorializing about the nastiness of the presidential ads and something about the TV show Shark Tank. Meanwhile, the theme of the concert, "dancing and romancing," was a showcase for the song and dance team of Joan Hess and Kirby Ward, for a variety of dance musical numbers -- a little jarring in front of the orchestra. They vamped their way through Astaire-Rogers movie gems -- "Cheek to Cheek," "Let's Face the Music and Dance" and the always-goofy "Carioca" -- with choreography plucked from the movies. The dancers were able to show their stuff as an interpretive team in the stronger tap numbers that had more musical purpose with the orchestra. In between, Nero paid t ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marvin Hamlisch
  • 2012
    Age 67
    Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin and Liza Minnelli took turns singing songs by Hamlisch during a memorial service for the composer on September 18, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details At the 2013 Academy Awards, Barbra Streisand sang "The Way We Were" in Hamlisch's memory. Marvin Hamlisch was the primary conductor for the Pittsburgh Pops from 1995 until his death. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performed a rare Hamlisch classical symphonic suite titled Anatomy of Peace (Symphonic Suite in one Movement For Full Orchestra/Chorus/Child Vocal Soloist) on November 19, 1991. It was also performed at Carnegie Hall in 1993, and in Paris in 1994 to commemorate D-Day. The work was recorded by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1992. The Anatomy of Peace was a book by Emery Reves which expressed the world-federalist sentiments shared by Albert Einstein and many others in the late 1940s, in the period immediately following World War II.
  • 2008
    Age 63
    In 2008, Hamlisch was also inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
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    In 2008, he appeared as a judge in the Canadian reality series Triple Sensation which aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
    More Details Hide Details The show was aimed to provide a training bursary to a talented young man or woman with the potential to be a leader in song, dance, and acting.
    He was also inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
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  • 1995
    Age 50
    He also received six Emmy Award nominations, winning four times, twice for music direction of Barbra Streisand specials, in 1995 and 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He shared the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1976 with Michael Bennett, James Kirkwood, Nicholas Dante, and Edward Kleban for his musical contribution to the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line. Hamlisch received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 at the World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium.
  • 1994
    Age 49
    Hamlisch was Musical Director and arranger of Barbra Streisand's 1994 concert tour of the U.S. and England as well as of the television special, Barbra Streisand: The Concert, for which he received two of his Emmys.
    More Details Hide Details He also conducted several tours of Linda Ronstadt during this period, most notably on her successful 1996 Dedicated to the One I Love tour of arenas and stadiums. He held the position of Principal Pops Conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra Pops, The Pasadena Symphony and Pops, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. At the time of his death, he was preparing to assume responsibilities as Principal Pops Conductor for The Philadelphia Orchestra. Hamlisch was one of only twelve people to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. This collection of all four is referred to as an "EGOT". He is one of ten people to win three or more Oscars in one night and the only one other than a director or screenwriter to do so. He is one of only two people to have won those four prizes and a Pulitzer Prize (Richard Rodgers is the other).
  • 1989
    Age 44
    In May 1989, Hamlisch married Terre Blair, a native of Columbus, Ohio, who was the weather and news anchor for that city's ABC affiliate, WSYX-Channel 6.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage lasted until his death. Hamlisch's prior relationship with lyricist Carole Bayer Sager inspired the musical They're Playing Our Song.
  • 1975
    Age 30
    He then composed the scores for the 1975 Broadway musical A Chorus Line, for which he won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize; and for the 1978 musical They're Playing Our Song, loosely based on his relationship with Carole Bayer Sager.
    More Details Hide Details At the beginning of the 1980s, his romantic relationship with Bayer Sager ended, but their songwriting relationship continued. The 1983 musical Jean Seberg, based on the life of the real-life actress, failed in its London production at the UK's National Theatre and never played in the U.S. In 1986, Smile was a mixed success and had a short run on Broadway. The musical version of Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl (1993) closed after only 188 performances, although he received a Drama Desk nomination, for Outstanding Music. Shortly before his death, Hamlisch finished scoring a musical theatre version of The Nutty Professor, based on the 1963 film. The show played in July and August 2012, at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville, aiming for a Broadway run. The book is by Rupert Holmes, and the production was directed by Jerry Lewis.
    In 1975, he wrote what, for its first 12 years, would be the original theme music for Good Morning America---it was built around four notes.
    More Details Hide Details He co-wrote "Nobody Does It Better" for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) with his then-girlfriend Carole Bayer Sager, which would be nominated for an Oscar. In the 1980s, he had success with the scores for Ordinary People (1980) and Sophie's Choice (1982). He also received an Academy-Award nomination in 1986 for the film version of A Chorus Line. His last projects included The Informant! (2009), starring Matt Damon and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Prior to his death, he completed his first children's book Marvin Makes Music, which included the original music "The Music in My Mind" with words by Rupert Holmes, and the score for the HBO film Behind the Candelabra (2013), also directed by Soderbergh and starring Damon and Michael Douglas as Liberace. Hamlisch's first major stage work was in 1972 playing piano for Groucho Marx at Carnegie Hall for An Evening with Groucho. Hamlisch acted as both straight man and accompanist while Marx (at age 81) reminisced about his career in show business. The performances were released as a 2-record set, and remained very popular.
  • 1974
    Age 29
    He won four Grammy Awards in 1974, two for "The Way We Were".
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  • 1973
    Age 28
    He had great success in 1973, winning two Academy Awards for the title song and the score for the motion picture The Way We Were and an Academy Award for the adaptation score for The Sting.
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  • 1967
    Age 22
    In addition, Hamlisch co-wrote the song "California Nights" (also with Liebling), which was recorded by Lesley Gore for her 1967 hit album of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details The Bob Crewe-produced single peaked at #16 on the Hot 100 in March 1967, two months after Gore had performed the song on the Batman TV series, in which she guest-starred as an accomplice to Julie Newmar's Catwoman. Among his better-known works during the 1970s were adaptations of Scott Joplin's ragtime music for the motion picture The Sting, including its theme song, "The Entertainer". It hit #1 on Billboard′s Adult Contemporary chart and #3 on the Hot 100, selling nearly 2 million copies in the U.S. alone.
    Hamlisch attended Queens College, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details Although Liza Minnelli's debut album included "The Travelin' Life," a song he wrote in his teens (originally titled "Travelin' Man"), his first hit did not come until he was 21 years old. This song, "Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows", co-written with Howard Liebling, was recorded by Lesley Gore and reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1965. His first film score was for The Swimmer, after the film's producer Sam Spiegel hired Hamlisch based on a piano performance Hamlisch did at a party. Later he wrote music for several early Woody Allen films such as Take the Money and Run and Bananas.
  • 1951
    Age 6
    A few months before he turned seven, in 1951, he was accepted into what is now the Juilliard School Pre-College Division.
    More Details Hide Details His first job was as a rehearsal pianist for Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand. Shortly afterward, he was hired by producer Sam Spiegel to play piano at Spiegel's parties. This connection led to his first film score, The Swimmer. His favorite musicals growing up were My Fair Lady, Gypsy, West Side Story, and Bye Bye Birdie.
  • 1944
    Born on June 2, 1944.
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