Sunday, May 29, 2016

Salutations, Marvin

Priscilla Lopez,
the original Diana Morales in A Chorus Line...
she got 2 great songs (plus a weird 70s leotard):
"Nothing" and "What I Did For Love."
Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban's masterpiece.
A gajillion Tonys, Drama Desks, and a Pulitzer.
Rehearsal with "creator" Michael Bennett.

Three years later and it was....They're Playing Our Song:
Robert Klein, Lucie Arnaz,
and book writer Neil Simon.
Marvin wrote the music with Carole Bayer Sager,
and they used their real-life relationship as the basis for the show.
 I don't think it lasted...Either.

The Goodbye Girl flopped 
(6 months on Broadway, March to August of 1993).
Martin Short wearing the guitar
and Bernadette Peters.
David Zippel (who would go on to write lyrics 
for City of Angels and several Disney movies)
did the words.
Below, with scarf (what a wardrobe),
Bernadette and her 80s hair,
and a small child.

Above, Marvin at 17.
He was a prodigy: able to leap tall buildings 
(and play songs he heard on the radio) at age 5.
Juilliard (okay, PRE college division) at 6.

One of the eleven elite folks to achieve the EGOT!
An Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony...
plus like Richard Rodgers, he added a Pulitzer to that
award "charm bracelet."
Gone too early, when he was just 68.


  1. I appreciate your post and look forward to more.

    1. Thanks for dropping by! If you listen to the show, send me a request sometime! :)