I have been a fan of Marvin . . . well, forever. I adore A Chorus Line, and I also sing the song Nothing all of the time and it has become a mantra for me.
Marvin Hamlisch was born to create music. He was a child prodigy and he entered Juilliard School Pre-College Division at the age 6! He had a gift for entertaining as well as composing. I saw him perform many times. He was wonderful, full of life, love and personality.
Marvin reached the pinnacle of success at the age of 29, but what do you do after you have won the Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize, and every award imaginable for something you have created? Where do you go from there?
I always felt that Marvin was reaching, trying to find that pinnacle of success that he had with A Chorus Line.
In the meantime, Marvin composed movie scores like The April’s Fools, The Way We Were, The Sting, Same Time Next Year, Ordinary People, Sophie’s Choice, The Spy Who Loved Me, and so many more. He won the Academy Award for the score of The Way We Were and The Sting. He was nominated for many others.
In 2002, Marvin composed the music for the Broadway musical, The Sweet Smell of Success. This was based on a dark film that starred Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. It told the story of a tabloid publisher and the people he manipulates. The show did not reach the peak of success that A Chorus Line did, but I think the song At The Fountain is one of the finest Broadway songs I have ever heard. I hope that The Sweet Smell of Success finds life beyond Broadway. It deserves to be seen and heard.
So, Marvin, I listen to your music all the time. I hope lots of people hear it and love it as much as I do.
Movies Broadway Singers and Beyond will be showcasing At The Fountain during their tribute to Broadway musicals. Please tune in on Wednesday, January 29th at 10pm Eastern / 7pm Pacific.
Marvin, you are one Singular Sensation.