Just yesterday BroadwayWorld.com reported the loss of Broadway legend Marvin Hamlisch, and we've been sharing memories from around the theatre industry since. The below piece was posted by fellow composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
I only heard of Marvin Hamlisch's death this morning whilst I was on holiday. I am still reeling. I saw him but six months ago.
Although I knew Marvin before, I became a friend though a USA TV chat show when he was at the height of his Chorus Line, witty performing fame. No one knew who I was. Marvin went to the piano, played some of my melodies and said to the studio audience "This is who Andrew is".
No one other than a brilliant talent and a supremely generous composer and performer would have done that. We became firm friends ever since. Farewell Singular Sensation.
Lloyd Webber has achieved great popular success in musical theatre, and has been referred to as "the most commercially successful composer in history." Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He has composed 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass. He has also gained a number of honours, including a knighthood in 1992, followed by a peerage from the British Government for services to Music, seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, fourteen Ivor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006.