Marvin Hamlisch Dies at 68, “A Chorus Line” Composer

By: Chad Sweely - August 7, 2012

The Broadway arts community mourns the loss of a great and talented composer today. Marvin Hamlisch, a well-known composer from from New York, NY, is now dead.

During his youth, Hamlisch was accepted into Juilliard School of Music’s Pro-College Division, and his first job was playing the piano for the play Funny Girl, which starred Barbara Streisand.

Many of us knew Hamlisch for his work with various Broadway productions, providing musical scores for well-known plays, such as: The Way We Were (1973), adaptations for Scott Joplin’s The Sting (1973), A Chorus Line (1975), and They’re Playing Our Song (1978).

With his work with A Chorus Line, the musical score for this amazing Broadway play earned him both a Tony Award and also a Pulitzer Prize. To give you a taste of Hamlisch’s work, I have provided below a YouTube clip of the song “One” from A Chorus Line.

Many other of Hamlisch’s scores can be heard within popular movies and productions, such as: Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles, The Informant!, and Behind the Candelabra.

Unfortunately, Marvin Hamlisch died on August 6th, 2012, at the age of 68 after a brief illness. Various fans of Hamlisch’s work have left their respects via Twitter (provided below).





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Chad SweelyChad Sweely is a contract writer for WebProNews, and previously was the Support Analyst for iEntry. Chad is also interested in classic Doctor Who, social dancing, and web design.

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  • ave maria

    thank you marvin hamlish for bringing your heavenly music…

  • ave maria

    thank you, email will not go away!

    • http://www.ientry.com/ Chad Sweely

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  • MeLa

    OMG WOW not Marvin too!! I love the TRuth so sorry to hear this loss

  • ann

    Marvin was a composer, and piano genius with a very nice personality! What sad news to get. He will be missed by all who were his fans. A great loss of a great man.