At the time of his death, Marvin had just completed Liberace , the Nutty Professor the musical and most work on ” Gotta Dance The musical.” His children’s book and CD “Marvin Makes Music” will be released shortly.
The book is to be published by Penguin young readers’ imprint Dial and is illustrated by Jim Madsen. It will include an original one‐song CD composed by Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch, the screen and stage composer who won every award under the sun, passed away just one week ago, yet his talent and endearing story will live on in the form of a picture book he wrote shortly before his death, entitled “Marvin Makes Music.” The book is to be published on Nov 8 by Penguin young readers’ imprint Dial and is illustrated by Jim Madsen. It will include an original one‐song CD composed by Hamlisch.
The children’s book tells of Hamlisch’s true story of who, at the age of six, became the youngest person accepted into the prestigious Julliard School. According to the publisher’s website, the plot tells of young Marvin overcoming his fears before the Julliard audition.
Hamlisch’s illustrious career was dotted by wins of every prestigious creative prize, including three Oscars, four Emmys, four Grammys, one Tony and one Pulitzer Prize. He was known especially for composing the song “The Way We Were,” performed by Barbra Streisand, and his composition of beloved musical “The Chorus Line.” He was also known for the hit song “Nobody Does It Better” which was featured in the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me.”
Hamlisch also contributed original compositions for several films, including “Sophie’s Choice,” “The Swimmer” (based off of a John Cheever short story), “A Streetcar Named Desire” and most recently “The Informant!” which starred Matt Damon — Kate Sullivan, NY Daily News Aug 13, 2012
About the score: The Informant!
A world of great critical writing has deservedly honored Hamlisch in recent days, but it’s his under‐appreciated final film score, for Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant!,” that first came to mind when I learned of his passing. The quirky 2009 comedy stars Matt Damon as the real‐life Mark Whitacre, a naïve middle manager at rural Illinois food processing corporation Archer Daniels Midland who turns FBI informant, only to become so obsessed with his case that he makes ridiculously bad decisions. It’s the closest Soderbergh’s ever come to making a Coen Bros. movie.
Connecting it all is Hamlisch’s score. Over the film’s 108 minutes, his musical ideas are used by Soderbergh as a kind of wordless commentator on Whitacre’s internal — and often hilarious — monologue, a Greek chorus of bouncing brass, tense strings and secret‐agent guitar lines that moves seamlessly with the plot.
Source: NY Daily news and The Los Angeles Times