New York University (NYU) to induct Marvin Hamlisch into the NYU Musical Theatre Hall of Fame. Performs Sweet Smell of Success.

NYU, New York, NY – Past inductees include Leonard Bernstein, Carol Channing, George and Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, and Richard Rodgers.

The Musical “Sweet Smell of Success” Opens Steinhardt Theatre Season on Sept. 12.

NYU Sweet Smell of Success Sep 2013

NYU Steinhardt’s program in vocal performance will present the Tony-nominated musical Sweet Smell of Success. Show times are Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 13 at 8:00 p.m., and Sept. 14 at 7:00 p.m. at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place.

Maestro Marvin Hamlisch to be inducted to the NYU Musical Theatre Hall Of Fame:

The performance on Thursday Sept. 12 will begin with the posthumous

Maestro Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012)

Maestro Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012)

induction of Marvin Hamlisch into NYU’s Musical Theater Hall of Fame. NYU will honor the life and work of Marvin Hamlisch by inducting him into the NYU Musical Theatre Hall of Fame. The Musical Theater Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1993 by President Oliva to help perpetuate and strengthen an original and important American cultural art form: musical theatre.  Past inductees include Leonard Bernstein, Carol Channing, George and Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern, Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Mary Martin, Ethel Merman, and Richard Rodgers. Academy and Grammy award-winning composer Alan Menken and Tony- and Academy award-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice were inducted into NYU’s Musical Theater Hall of Fame on November 14, 2008.

“Sweet Smell of Success” Opens Steinhardt Theatre Season on Sept. 12

Sweet Smell of Success”, presented by NYU Steinhardt’s Program in Vocal Performance, will run Sept. 12-14,2013 at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. With music by Tony, Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize winner Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by three-time Tony Award nominee Craig Carnelia, and book by Tony Award winner John Guare. 

Book img Sweet SmellThis NYU production will be directed by Steinhardt’s own John Simpkins and the cast will feature students from the NYU Steinhardt department of music and performing arts professions. Simpkins previously directed Sweet Smell of Success at NYU in 2011. The upcoming engagement will offer a fresh look at the show. With music direction by Caleb Hoyer, choreography by MK Lawson, scenic design by Michael Schweikardt, lighting design by Chris Dallos, costume design by Michelle Eden Humphrey, and sound design by Craig Kaufman.  The production stage manager is Christina M. Hagan. 

Based on the 1957 film, “Sweet Smell of Success” tells the story of powerful gossip columnist JJ Hunsecker and struggling press agent Sidney Falcone.  With 60 million readers across America, JJ’s power extends beyond the pages of the newspaper, and he has the goods on everyone from the President to the latest starlet.  When his younger sister Susan falls in love with an unknown piano player named Dallas, JJ offers Sidney a shot at the big time to help break up the couple. But is the price of JJ’s approval one that Sidney is willing to pay?

Sweet Smell of SuccessThe show originally opened in March of 2002 at the Martin Beck Theatre on Broadway and was directed by Nicolas Hytner.  It was nominated for seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Musical Score, and Best Featured Actor in a Musical for Brian d’Arcy James’ role as Sidney Falcone.  John Lithgow won a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of JJ Hunsecker. (LISTEN to excerpts from the Musical Score by Original Broadway cast)

Thanks to NYU and the NYU Musical Theatre Hall Of Fame for acknowledging Marvin Hamlisch’s Body of Work.

To the NYU‘s Sweet Smell of success production, cast and crew: Break a leg!

The Family of Marvin Hamlisch. 

 

 

 

Source: New York University


 

7 comments

  1. Sweet Smell of Success holds a very special place in my heart, as the 2011 production was my first show at NYU. I will never forget meeting Mr. Hamlisch; to use Rita’s words, his glowing remarks and enthusiasm for our cast were “the highest compliment[s] I ever got.” We were blessed beyond measure to have met him. I’m extremely excited and honored to be working on this show again and can’t wait to start performances in 10 days! I have included two photos from our 2011 closing night performance in this post.

  2. Can’t wait to see it go up in all it’s glory! Being apart of the Stage Management staff of the production during rehearsals has been awesome! I seriously can’t wait to see it all put together 🙂

  3. I am so pleased and excited to be directing this production. Marvin wrote a masterpiece in SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS-- and it’s such an honor to have a chance to direct it a second time. Please come and celebrate Marvin’s life and work with us September 12-14 at the Skirball Center. It’s a very special production-- for a very special man. I was lucky to get to know him over the last year or so of his life -- what a privilege to share some time with him. I know he believed in this show and this production with all his heart -- and it is with great pleasure that we are producing this to honor this incredible artist and good friend.