‘A Chorus Line’ Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dead at 68

Another big loss in the theatre world this morning:

HamlischMarvin Hamlisch, who achieved theatre immortality as the composer of the iconic musical A Chorus Line, died Aug. 7 following a brief illness. He was 68.

Mr. Hamlisch's other theatre works included They're Playing Our Song, Jean Seberg, Smile, The Goodbye Girl and Sweet Smell of Success. His latest musical, The Nutty Professor, recently opened in Tennessee. But it was with the groundbreaking A Chorus Line, which told of the frustrations and worries of a group of anonymous dancers trying out for a Broadway musical, that he made his mark as a theatre figure….

..Mr. Hamlisch is one of only 11 people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. On top of this, he also won the Pulitzer Prize for A Chorus Line.


  1. VDUFFORD says

    “The Way We Were” was such an iconic song Marvin Hamlisch,Alan and Marilyn Bergman masterpiece of a love song.The song was sung by Barbra Streisand is also one of her most masterful performances the gorgeous humming at the beginning of the song makes it a hauntingly beautiful piece.The song and score won the Academy Award in 1973.Really has such a special place in my heart…thanks Marvin Hamlisch.

  2. Dback says

    “Kiss today goodbye/And point me towards tomorrow/We did what we had to do/Won’t forget, can’t regret, what I did for love…”

    “So it’s the laughter we’ll remember/Whenever we remember/the way we were…”

    Very simple lyrics, but sometimes simple words contain profound truths. Godspeed, Marvin.

  3. Jack M says

    I will forever associate him with his number one fan, Lisa Loopner (played by Gilda Radner on SNL). I’m sure she will miss him the most.