Dec 27 “Marvin Hamlisch: The Way He Was” Set for PBS’s AMERICAN MASTERS

Dec 27 “Marvin Hamlisch: The Way He Was” Set for PBS’s AMERICAN MASTERS

Premieres nationally Friday, December 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS

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PBS — AMERICAN MASTERS: Maestro Marvin Hamlisch — Airs Dec 27, 2013.

With a rich archival legacy, A‑list collaborators from Liza Minnelli to Steven Soderbergh, and complete cooperation from his family, this documentary features a wealth of material to tell Hamlisch’s life story. A child prodigy accepted at Juilliard at age six, Marvin Hamlisch had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars and a Tony by age 31. Hit after hit -“The Way We Were,” “Nobody Does It Better,” “Break It to Me Gently” — and scores for “The Sting,” “A Chorus Line,” and “Sophie’s Choice” made him the go-to composer for film and Broadway producers and the go-to performer for every president since Reagan. He died in August 2012. 90 minutes.

For Broadway he wrote the music for his groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, which received the Pulitzer Prize as well as They’re Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl and Sweet Smell of Success.”

He was the composer of more than forty motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting, for which he received a third Oscar. His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions and/or musical adaptations for Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, The Swimmer, Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles, Take the Money and Run, Bananas, Save the Tiger, and his latest effort The Informant!, starring Matt Damon and directed by Steven Soderbergh. He composed his last musical score for the film: “Liberace — Behind The Candelabra” — Shown at the 2013 Cannes Festival and aired on HBO on May 2013 to great reviews (Directed by Stephen Soderbergh, with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon)