In celebration of the life of Marvin Hamlisch, we’ve decided to do an additional playlist this week, featuring ten of his musical gifts. Mr. Hamlisch is one of only 11 people to win an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy, and an Emmy. And let’s be real, it was 3 Oscars, a Tony, 4 Grammys, and 4 Emmys, as well as 2 Golden Globes. Out of those 11 people, add the Pulitzer to that and you’ve narrowed the list to 2 men: Richard Rodgers and Marvin Hamlisch.
One of the most inspiring qualities about Mr. Hamlisch, at least for me, is the fact that he did it all, and with brilliance. As musical directors in theatre, we always find ourselves wearing many hats. Marvin was a composer, an arranger, a conductor, and a musical director, and his resume speaks volumes to what one singular sensation of a person can accomplish, and all in such a short span of time!
I never had the opportunity to work with Marvin personally, but my voice teacher and choir director, Judith Clurman, was a dear friend of Marvin, and over the past year that I’ve been singing with her choir, Essential Voices USA, she has shared several stories about him, not only as a professional musician, but the kind and generous man behind the music. She was just a guest on NPR’s On Point; she and Maury Yeston speak about Marvin, and you can listen to this very enlightening interview here.
In honor of his sensational career, here is a playlist of ten pieces that Marvin gave to us all. We’re not going to focus on the Dos and Don’ts of auditioning this time around. Just sit back and enjoy some fantastic performances of phenomenal music. And as a special treat, I’m starting this playlist off with my favorite rendition of The Way We Were. There are so many incredible people who have recorded this piece, but no one has done it quite like Gilda!
As always, you can watch the clips below, or on our YouTube channel!
“The Way We Were”
“I Finally Found Someone”
“They’re Playing Our Song”
“The Music and the Mirror”
“At The Fountain”
“What I Did For Love”
“Nobody Does It Better”