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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Theatre Thursday: The Entertainer

Award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch is 67 today, and when I say award-winning, I mean he's won them all - all the big ones anyway. He is one of the few people to have one an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. They call that an EGOT. I tell you that because I just found that out and also to confirm that people in the entertainment industry have a tendency to be really silly at times. Hamlisch has also won  the Pulitzer Prize and Golden Globes.
The Pulitzer is for the ground-breaking A Chorus Line:

Sorry for the jump cuts. It's an equity rule that a number can't be filmed in its entirety. (This is, of course, before everyone was carrying a cell phone with a video camera.)
If you're trying to remember why you recognize Kelly Bishop, she is recently famous as Lorelai's overbearing mother on Gilmore Girls.
Hamlisch was in a relationship with fellow songwriter Carole Bayer Sager in the 1970s. Their romance was the basis for another hit Broadway musical, They're Playing Our Song.

One very interesting bit of trivia about Hamlisch is that he was the youngest person (at age six) ever accepted into Julliard.

Happy birthday, Mr. Hamlisch, and thank you for many years' worth of hummable tunes.

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