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Broadway to dim lights in tribute to the late composer Marvin Hamlisch

By Daniel S Levine,

As tributes continue to come in for the late Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch, Broadway announced that it will dim its lights Wednesday night, a day after his death was announced.

CNN reports that all 40 Broadway theaters will dim their lights for 60 seconds tonight at 8pm to honor the A Chorus Line composer.

Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the Broadway League, released a statement recognizing Hamlisch’s “legendary” contributions to the world of film and theater. “He left an everlasting mark with the groundbreaking A Chorus Line, one of my personal favorites,” St. Martin said. “His legacy leaves us with a treasury of songs and stories that will always be familiar to theatergoers as they stir up meaningful and heartfelt emotions. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans everywhere.”

In addition to A Chorus Line, which won a Pulitzer Prize, Hamlisch composed the scores to They're Playing Our Song and The Goodbye Girl.

Hamlisch died on Monday at age 68. He is one of just 11 people in the entertainment industry to win an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe.

He scored over 40 films and won three Oscars for his work in 1973, which included the scores to The Sting and The Way We Were.

Fans of his work issued statements on Tuesday, including since Liza Minnelli, who said, “I will miss his talent, our laughter (and) friendship, but mostly I will miss Marvin...My heart is with his wife Terre always.”

Barbra Streisand, who sang “The Way We Were,” said, “I'm devastated...He was my dear friend. He's been in my life ever since the first day I met him in 1963, when he was my rehearsal pianist for Funny Girl.”

 
 

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