Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Chorus Line (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

"Marvin Hamlisch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who imbued his movie and Broadway scores with pizazz and panache and often found his songs in the upper reaches of the pop charts, died on Monday in Los Angeles. ... He is one of a handful of artists to win every major creative prize, some of them numerous times, including an Oscar for 'The Way We Were' (1973, shared with the lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman), a Grammy as best new artist (1974), and a Tony and a Pulitzer for 'A Chorus Line' (1975, shared with the lyricist Edward Kleban, the director Michael Bennett and the book writers James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante). ... His melodies were sure-footed and sometimes swashbuckling. 'One,' from 'A Chorus Line,' with its punchy, brassy lines, distills the essence of the Broadway showstopper. 'A Chorus Line,' a backstage musical in which Broadway dancers told their personal stories, started as a series of taped workshops, then evolved into a show that opened at the Public Theater in 1975 and moved to Broadway later that year. It ran for 6,137 performances, the most of any Broadway musical until it was surpassed by 'Cats'" (Rob Hoerburger, "Marvin Hamlisch, Whose Notes Struck Gold, Dies at 68," New York Times, 8/7/12).

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