Chorus Line composer Hamlisch dies

American composer Marvin Hamlisch has died in Los Angeles after a brief illness, aged 68.

He composed many film scores, including Barbra Streisand’s The Way We Were, for which he won an Oscar.

Although Liza Minnelli’s first album included a song he wrote in his teens, his first hit did not come until he was 21. This was Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows, sung by Lesley Gore. He also wrote the music for several Woody Allen films, including Take the Money and Run.

For the stage, he composed the score for the 1975 Broadway musical, A Chorus Line, for which he won both a Tony award and a Pulitzer Prize.

A full obituary will appear in the print edition of The Stage.

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