WORLD PREMIERE! — The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presented PLAY IT AGAIN, MARVIN! (6/28/2014)


Pittsburgh, PA — The music, humor, warmth and life of Marvin Hamlisch once again graced the Heinz Hall stage when “Play It Again, Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration” made its world premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on June 28 at 8 p.m.


 “The reason I am did the world premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra was because not only is it one of the greatest symphonies on the planet, but a huge part of Marvin’s heart remains in Pittsburgh,” says Kevin Cole, who was granted unprecedented access to Hamlisch’s personal and professional archives.

Nobody did it better than Hamlisch as his Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and Tony Award can attest. From “The Way We Were” to “A Chorus Line,” from “Ice Castles” to “The Sting,” his music turned moments into memories. This new multimedia concert, produced by writer and pianist Kevin Cole, celebrates the “People’s Composer” and gives the audience an insider’s view into Hamlisch’s life through song, private family videos and personal memories.

PLAY IT AGAIN MARVIN - psoHamlisch’s friends-Broadway sensation Brian d’Arcy James, London West End superstar Maria Friedman, multi-Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair, conductor J. Ernest Green and Kevin Cole, Marvin’s favorite pianist, were featured in the production.

Kevin Cole has delighted audiences with a repertoire that includes the best of American music. Cole’s performances have prompted accolades from some of the foremost critics in America. Engagements for Cole include sold-out performances with…READ MORE…

Kevin Cole - America's Pianist

Kevin Cole — America’s Pianist

Maria Friedman, (Update: Maria Friedman was unable to leave London on time for this performance, but she will perform on future presentations of ‘PLAY IT AGAIN, MARVIN!’)…Best known as a three-time Olivier Award-winning (with seven nominations) star of the musical stage, the heart of Maria Friedman’s career has been centered around the love and work of her dear friend Stephen Sondheim. She has played Dot in “Sunday in the Park with George” at the National Theatre, Fosca in “Passion” at the Queen’s (Olivier Award.) She was honored to sing for Stephen at his 80th birthday celebrations in New York and Washington, She was invited by Marvin Hamlisch to appear as guest singer in many concerts…READ MORE…

British actress and musician Maria Friedman sang at the star-studded event.

British actress and musician Maria Friedman sang at the star-studded event.

J. Ernest Green, often a frequent collaborator with the late Marvin Hamlisch, recently conducted at Wolf Trap. Green is the principal conductor at the McClean Symphony and a cover conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he has worked with such artists as Metropolitan Opera star Denyce Graves, Sir James Galway, Pinchas Zuckerman and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Green also recently conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is also the artistic director of Live Arts Maryland and the music director of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Annapolis Chorale…READ MORE…

J Ernest Green

Brian d’Arcy James most recently appeared as Banquo in the Lincoln Center Theater production of “Macbeth” alongside Ethan Hawke directed by Jack O’Brien. James is a two-time Tony Award nominee, for his performance of Shrek in “Shrek the Musical” (winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama Desk Award for that role) and also as Sidney Falco in the Broadway Musical “Sweet Smell of Success.” — (Musical Score by Marvin Hamlisch)  READ MORE…

Brian D'Arcy James sang 'At the Fountain' during the touching tribute.

Brian D’Arcy James sang ‘At the Fountain’ during the touching tribute.

Sylvia McNair: Two-time Grammy Award and regional Emmy Award winner Sylvia McNair lays claim to a three-decade, stellar career in the musical realms of opera, oratorio, cabaret and musical theater. Her journey has taken her from the Metropolitan Opera to the Salzburg Festival, from the New York Philharmonic to the Rainbow Room, from the Ravinia Festival to The Plaza, from the pages of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to the London Times and the cover of Cabaret Scenes. Having appeared as a soloist multiple times with nearly every major opera company and symphony orchestra in the world, this songbird has flown the classical coop. READ MORE…  

Sylvia McNair

Sylvia McNair

The Pittsburgh Symphony and The Heinz Hall for The Performing Arts:

Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts is owned and operated by Pittsburgh Symphony, Inc., a non-profit organization, and is the year-round home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. The cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Heinz Hall also hosts many other events that do not feature its world-renowned orchestra, including Broadway shows, comedians, speakers and much more. For a full calendar of upcoming non-symphony events at the hall, visit and The Pittsburgh Symphony

Source: Team Marvin Hamlisch / The Music of Marvin Hamlisch