Pittsburgh, PA ‑Pittsburgh music lovers had the privilege of getting to know Marvin Hamlisch at concerts over the last 20 years of his life, including 17 as principal conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, a post he held until his death Aug. 6, 2012.
Many tributes have been offered to Hamlisch since his death yet a new television documentary called “Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love” reaches another level in evoking the person we enjoyed so much. The 90-minute show will be telecast Dec. 27 nationally on PBS and locally on WQED. (9/8c)
People had known his music for a long time. He was 29 in 1973 when he won three Academy Awards on the same night, two for “The Way We Were” and one for “The Sting.” Two years later, he wrote the breakthrough Broadway show “A Chorus Line.”
Yet, encountering Hamlisch as an entertainer on stage was a different experience from enjoying his music because we got to know him. We learned about his life through an endless supply of great stories about celebrities he’d worked with, always told with mildly self-deprecating wit. We saw his boundless enthusiasm for people and the music he loved. And, we saw his sense of humor was genuinely spontaneous, not pre-written jokes.
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