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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch

Born: June 2, 1944, New York, New York

(p.352) Marvin Hamlisch
Show Tunes

Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the work of Marvin Hamlisch. It opens with an extended commentary of his career, and also gives details on productions, with data and song information. Hamlisch studied at Juilliard and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Queens College. At twenty-one he wrote his first pop hit, Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows (lyric by Howard Liebling). But Hamlisch was just another Broadway piano player, serving as rehearsal accompanist for Funny Girl (Styne: March 26, 1964) and doing dance arrangements for minor musicals like Henry, Sweet Henry (Merrill: October 23, 1967) and Golden Rainbow (February 4, 1968). Then Hollywood producer Sol Siegel heard him playing piano at a party, hired him to score the 1968 Burt Lancaster film The Swimmer, and Hamlisch was on his way.

Keywords:   Marvin Hamlisch, Julliard, Broadway musicals, musical theater, Funny Girl, The Swimmer

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