Friday Night Is Music Night

One Singular Sensation - Marvin Hamlisch

One Singular Sensation - Marvin Hamlisch
Radio Times
Review by:
Tony Peters

When composer Marvin Hamlisch died in 2012, music lost a giant. One of only 11 EGOTs — recipient of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards — he also won a Pulitzer prize for his musical A Chorus Line.

Add to this the film scores, the hit records and conducting duties with, among others, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and you see that this was a man at the top of his game.

Tonight Ken Bruce introduces the BBC Concert Orchestra and Capital Voices in a celebration of Hamlisch’s work recorded at London’s Mermaid Theatre.

Taking on some of his classic songs will be West End stars Louise Dearman (taking an evening off from playing Elphaba in Wicked) and Sharon D Clarke, who wowed audiences in Queen tribute musical We Will Rock You. It promises to be quite a night.

About this programme

Ken Bruce presents a concert tribute to composer Marvin Hamlisch, whose musicals include A Chorus Line and They're Playing Our Song. He also wrote film scores for Sophie's Choice and The Sting, and popular songs such as Nobody Does It Better and The Way We Were. Larry Blank conducts the 60-piece BBC Concert Orchestra, Capital Voices and West End singers Sharon D Clarke and Louise Dearman.