A startling child prodigy of Viennese-born American immigrants, Marvin Hamlisch exhibited his piano skills at age five and was enrolled in Juilliard Pre-College Division at age seven. Through the connections he made in New York, Hamlisch would have one of the most storied careers in American theatrical history.
He was hired to write his first score after being heard playing at a party. Before long, he was penning pieces for Woody Allen and began a string of chart-busting hits. At age 29, he took home three Academy Awards, the first in a string of successive nominations and wins throughout the 1970s and ‘80s. The next year he pulled in a Tony Award and a Pulitzer for his work on “A Chorus Line.”
Hamlisch went to win a Drama Desk award and was tapped as principal pops conductor for 10 orchestras in major American cities. He was one of only 12 people to win all four major American Performing Awards. He and Richard Rodgers are the only two to have those four and a Pulitzer. In 2008 he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
His death at age 68 from complications following a kidney transplant was untimely and momentous.
Four-time Tony-winning producer Dori Berinstein launched this first-ever biography of Hamlisch. The deeply intimate look at his smashing success, the difficulties it brought and his struggle for personal happiness features a panoply of stars from the American stage and screen.
This matinee in Mobile’s Jewish Film Festival will play at Springhill Avenue Temple, 1769 Springhill Ave. Sunday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m.
A Broadway sing-along with Terry Maddox will follow.
Admission is $8, $6 for students and seniors.
For more information, call 251-343-7197 or go to mobilejewishfederation.org.