(Kerrville, TX) – Marvin Hamlisch is one of only ten people in the entire world to win all four major US performing awards: Emmy Award, Grammy Award, the Oscar and Tony Award. He and Richard Rodgers are the only two individuals to have won all four plus a Pulitzer Prize. But that’s not enough…he has also received ten Golden Globe Award nominations, winning twice…received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Soundtrack Awards…inducted into the Long Island music Hall of Fame in 2007…and the 2008 Theater Hall of Fame.
The Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hamlisch in 1975 for his creation of A Chorus Line, a musical about seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. With nineteen main characters, it is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical and provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.
The original Broadway production was an unprecedented box office and critical hit, receiving 12 Tony Award nominations and winning nine of them, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It ran for 6,137 performances, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history up to that time. It remains the longest-running Broadway musical originally produced in the United States, and the fourth longest-running Broadway show ever.
In 1973, Hamlisch became the second person to win three Academy Awards in the same evening…The Way We Were (Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song) and The Sting (Best Original Song Score/Adaption). During his career he was nominated six additional times for Best Original Song: "I Finally Found Someone" (The Mirror Has Two Faces), "The Girl Who Used To Be Me" (Shirley Valentine), "Surprise Surprise" (A Chorus Line), "Through the Eyes of Love" (Ice Castles), "The Last Time I Felt Like This" (Same Time Next Year) and "Nobody Does It Better" (The Spy Who Loved Me). He was nominated twice for Best Original Score: Sophie’s Choice and The Spy Who Loved Me.
Hamlisch’s four Grammy Awards included the 1977 hit "Nobody Does it Better", the theme to the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. The tune was a hit for singer Carly Simon and was a million-selling Gold single and the #1 hit for seven straight weeks. Hamlisch’s six Emmy Award nominations resulted in four wins, twice for music direction of Barbra Streisand specials in 1995 and 2001.
The Kerrville Performing Arts Society will present two performances by this mega master of pop music on Sunday, March 28th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. Additional information available at www.kpas.org.