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Broadway lights to be dimmed for Hamlisch

Aug. 7, 2012 at 11:03 PM   |   Comments

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NEW YORK, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The marquees of Broadway's theaters will be dimmed briefly in memory of composer Marvin Hamlisch, who died Monday at age 68, organizers said.

The tribute will begin Wednesday at 8 p.m. and will last 1 minute, said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of The Broadway League.

"Marvin Hamlisch's accomplishments in the theater and film worlds are legendary. He left an everlasting mark with the groundbreaking 'A Chorus Line,' one of my personal favorites. His legacy leaves us with a treasury of songs and stories that will always be familiar to theatergoers as they stir up meaningful and heartfelt emotions. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends, and fans everywhere," St. Martin said in a statement Tuesday.

Hamlisch's Broadway credits include "They're Playing Our Song," "Jean Seberg," "Smile," "The Goodbye Girl" and "Sweet Smell of Success." His latest musical, "The Nutty Professor," recently opened in Tennessee.

He also penned the music scores for the films "The Way We Were," "The Sting," "Sophie's Choice," "Ordinary People," "The Swimmer," "Three Men and a Baby," "Ice Castles," "Take the Money and Run," "Bananas," "Save the Tiger" and "The Informant!"

The cause of his death in Los Angeles had not yet been disclosed.

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