Kiss Today Goodbye; Marvin Hamlisch Passes Away

Kiss Today Goodbye and Point Me Towards Tomorrow. While death is not something we usually cover here at Luner on Theatre, when it involves someone of the theatre community, we feel the need to make mention of such an event. It is even especially worth noting when that person has forever changed the face of theatre and the entertainment community as a whole for the better. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the sad news of the death of Marvin Hamlisch.

Marvin Hamlisch was born on June 2nd, 1944 and had a career that would forever change the entertainment business forever. He was the composer for over 40 major motion picture movies. One of best known known pieces is the Oscar Award winning score for the hit movie The Way We Were. Some of his other know pieces include Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, The Swimmer, Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles, Take the Money and Run, Bananas and Save the Tiger. He also made a cameo appearance in the movie How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days portraying himself.

However, Marvin Hamlisch was not just a face for Hollywood. He worked in New York and is the face behind several Broadway musicals. The musical best known for his fame is A Chorus Line. The revolutionary 1975 Broadway musicals about dancers auditioning for a production, most specifically spots in a chorus line. For this work, he received a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize. This is what he is best known for the theatre community. He also however worked on other pieces such as They’re Playing Our Song, Smile, Sweet Smell of Success and The Goodbye Girl. While he has not always produced music that received awards, his music is known for being catchy and receiving much praise from the general public.

While we already have mentioned two of the awards Hamlisch was honored to receive, that is most definitely not all of them. In his entire career, Marvin Hamlisch received three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, three Golden Globe awards and a Pulizter Prize. He is one of eleven people to be apart of the special group known as EGOT (Emmy/Grammy/Oscar/Tony Winners) and one of two people in the history of the world to be a PEGOT (Pulitzer/Emmy/Grammy/Oscar/Tony Winners). The only other person to ever receive such notation in their career was Richard Rodgers.

His love for music was evident in everything he worked on and shows through out his continuos success during his life. He is quoted as saying;

“Music is truly an international language. It has the ability to bring people together like nothing else.”

Hamlisch has also held the position of principle pops conductor for Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Seattle Symphony and San Diego Symphony.

While Hamlisch has officially left us here on earth, his work has not and will continue to be performed. We mean this not only in the sense of revivals of his work but also a new work coming soon. Hamlisch was working on the Broadway bound production of The Nutty Professor headed to Broadway for Spring 2013. Luner on Theatre will be sure to keep you up to date with that production’s progress as it moves towards a Broadway opening. For more information, check out Marvin Hamlisch’s Official Website. Also, be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

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