ZELIENOPLE, PA: “The Strand Theater hosted a concert in honor to a musical pioneer this weekend.(Concerts Jan 26, 27 & 28, 2018)” — The Ledger.
The Zelienople’s The Strant Theater presented the timeless music of Marvin Hamlisch played by Deana Muro and sung by Juliet Ewing.
Ron Carter, executive director of The Strand Initiative, said the concert is a heartfelt homage to a music pioneer whose influence will never truly fade.
“This is a unique event. We got a baby grand piano for these concerts because this was the best way to represent Hamlisch’s diversified portfolio of work. The intimate environment of The Strand was the perfect venue to enjoy this show,” Carter said.
Juliet Ewing, of New York City, is a professional singer and actress with Broadway credits including “Footloose” and the European tours for “Footloose” and “Crazy for You.”
Ewing, who made her Strand Theater debut with these appearances, said she was excited to be singing Hamlisch’s songs including “Disneyland,” a song from the Broadway show “Smile,” because she doesn’t often get the opportunity to sing the beautiful song.
“The concert also included the song ‘Through the Eyes of Love’ from the movie ‘Ice Castles.’ I was very young when I heard it, and I thought it was thrilling. It is very romantic and hopeful. Hamlisch wrote incredible ballads. He is the king of ballads because they touch your heart,” Ewing said.
She also paid tribute to Liza Minnelli and Marvin with the rendition of a razzle-dazzle old-fashioned song-and-dance number, “Travelin’ Life,” composed by Hamlisch for Liza’s debut album
Liza also sang this song to Judy Garland — accompanied by Hamlisch — to let Judy Garland know that she wanted to be a singer. (From Marvin Hamlisch’s book “The Way I Was” )
For the record. (Thanks Strand Theater!)
What: The Music of Marvin Hamlisch
Where: The Strand Theater, 119 North Main St., Zelienople
Jan 26, 27 & 28, 2018.
Director Jeremy Czarniak and Ewing are old friends who recently performed together in an Irving Berlin concert in New York City.
“We’ve performed together a number of times, and he is so much fun to work with, a terrific singer and dancer,” Ewing said.
The two friends sang a duet, “If He Really Knew Me” from the musical “They’re Playing Our Song” from the book by Neil Simon with lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager during Hamlisch’s relationship with Sager.
“it is great to sing these wonderful songs. I found that as I revisited these songs they came back to me so easily because they are so well written and just a joy to sing,” Ewing said.
Strand favorite Michael Marra joined Ewing for “The Last Time I Felt Like This” from the 1978 movie “Same Time, Next Year.”
“The Music of Marvin Hamlisch” concert is to honor Hamlisch, who won every major award: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, three Golden Globes and the Pulitzer Prize for “A Chorus Line.” Only Marvin Hamlisch and Richard Rodgers have won a Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards known as a PEGOT.
Hamlisch wrote the music for Broadway shows including “A Chorus Line”, “They’re Playing Our Song”, “The Goodbye Girl” and “Sweet Smell of Success.” He composed music for more than 40 motion picture shows and did compositions and musical adaptations for many other films including “The Way We Were,” “The Sting,” “Sophie’s Choice,” James Bond’s “The Spy Who Loved Me,” “The Swimmer,” and “Ice Castles.”
REMEMBERING MARVIN HAMLISCH (1944–2012)
Pittsburghers knew him as the principal conductor of the Pittsburgh Pops from 1995 until his death in 2012.