Review: Fort Worth Symphony: A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch: One Singular Sensation!

Fort Worth, TX — The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra paid tribute to the legendary Marvin Hamlisch at The Bass Performance Hall Oct 10–12, 2014.

FORT WORTH The Fort Worth “Symphony Orchestra paid homage this weekend to one of the great composers and songwriters of our lifetime: Marvin Frederick Hamlisch, whom we lost in 2012” **

                **  (Source: Special to the Star-Telegram / Rachel Parker)

 Featured Artists:

 Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Larry Blank, Conductor

Donna McKechnie, Vocalist

Jodi Benson, Vocalist

Doug LaBrecque, Vocalist

TCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble *

(* Amy Stewart, Director)


Adding their voices to the celebration were film and Broadway stars Jodi Benson, Donna McKechnie, and Doug LaBrecque  who presented the very best of this legendary composer!”


Songs need singing, so three highly polished veteran Broadway singers were part of the show. Jodi Benson is best known as the voice of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and she was the lead role of Marvin Hamlisch /Howard Ashman musical SMILE.  Doug LaBrecque made his name as Raul in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. The third singer was Donna McKechnie, star of the original production of A Chorus Line.  The TCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble (Amy Stewart, director) offered choral backup. **

**  (Source: Special to the Star-Telegram / Rachel Parker)

 doug labrecque - donna mckechnie - Jodi benson DFW

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra celebrated the sublime musical legacy of Marvin Hamlisch, winner of numerous awards (three Oscars, three Golden Globes, four Grammys, four Emmys, and a Tony), composer of more than forty film scores, and creator of one of the longest running Broadway shows, A Chorus Line.

A prolific film, television and stage composer, Hamlisch won a Tony for A Chorus Line, and Oscars for his work for The Sting, and The Way We Were.

If you were in Bass Hall on Friday evening and heard the performance of the touring show A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch: One Singular Sensation!, you understand why he was so lauded.” **

  **  (Source: Special to the Star-Telegram / Rachel Parker)

His scores for the films “The Swimmer” and “Sophie’s Choice” are beautiful compositions.

The songs and instrumental selections covered a wide range of the composer’s work, both historically and musically. All the big hits were there: What I Did for Love, The Way We Were, Through the Eyes of Love, and even an instrumental arrangement of the highly appropriate James Bond song Nobody Does It Better.

One surprising selection is the title song from Smile. Since it is about a beauty pageant, Doug LaBrecque emerges as a Bert Parks (if you remember him) look-alike. He ushers on a bevy of beauties, all of whom are Miss Somewhere. Very funny bit.



jodi benson - doug labrecque - donna mckechnie DFW

As far as other purely instrumental selections, we hear the overture to A Chorus Line, the entr’acte from They’re Playing My Song, and a stunningly beautiful suite of music cobbled together from Sophie’s Choice.

Sources: The Fort Worth Symphony and The Star-Telegram

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Note: Thank you to the Fort Worth Symphony, to the players and the organization, to the guest artists for this fantastic salute to Marvin! Terre Blair Hamlisch & Team Marvin Hamlisch


Source: Team Marvin Hamlisch / The Music of Marvin Hamlisch