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Marvin Hamlisch: Broadway lights dimmed in memory

Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch

The Broadway community mourns the loss of celebrated composer, performer, arranger, musical coordinator, orchestrator, and musical supervisor, Marvin Hamlisch, who passed away on 6 Aug 2012 at age 68. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory on 8 Aug 2012 at exactly 8:00 p.m. for one minute.

Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League, said, "Marvin Hamlisch's accomplishments in the theatre and film worlds are legendary. He left an everlasting mark with the groundbreaking A Chorus Line, one of my personal favorites. His legacy leaves us with a treasury of songs and stories that will always be familiar to theatregoers as they stir up meaningful and heartfelt emotions. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and fans everywhere."

Mr. Hamlisch left an indelible mark in the theatre world with the groundbreaking A Chorus Line, which won 10 Tony Awards including the Tony Award for Best Musical as well as Best Original Score. The show also won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Other notable theatre works on Broadway include 'They're Playing Our Song,' 'Jean Seberg,' 'Smile,' 'The Goodbye Girl' and 'Sweet Smell of Success.' His latest musical, 'The Nutty Professor,' recently opened in Tennessee. His collaboration with numerous iconic talents throughout the years yielded over 20 Broadway shows.

A child prodigy, he was accepted into Juilliard before he was seven. Before he was 30, he had received Oscars for his score and song to "The Way We Were" and for his work on "The Sting."

Hamlisch is only one of eleven people to have been awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony Award, in addition to Golden Globes and a Pulitzer Prize.

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