BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — On Sept 19th, four Broadway veterans paid homage to the late Marvin Hamlisch during the Samford University Signature Series 2014–15 season opener.
“ ‘One Singular Sensation’ is a celebration of the life and work of one of America’s most beloved composers and performers” — Sean Wright
Terre Blair Hamlisch wrote: To Samford University and The Wright Center Series: “I am thrilled for this tribute to Marvin. I wish I could have been there for the occasion but this was not possible. I send my best wishes for a successful 2014–15 season! Thank you all on Marvin’s behalf. He would be thrilled! Sincerely, Terre Blair Hamlisch.
“One Singular Sensation! A Celebration of Marvin Hamlisch” The program included some of the composer’s most memorable work, including “The Way We Were,” “One,” “What I Did For Love” and “They’re Playing Our Song.” The show featured a live band accompanying singers with stellar credentials:
Raymond Saar played Marius in “Les Miserables” on Broadway and Enjolras in the Los Angeles production. He has also portrayed Raoul in “Phantom of the Opera,” toured with Sammy Cahn in “Words and Music,” played leading roles in “Hello Dolly” with Martha Raye, and “The King and I” with Yul Brynner.
Diane Ketchie made her Broadway debut in “Phantom of the
Opera” and made her Carnegie Hall debut a result of winning the Artists International competition. She has also soloed with the Houston, Dallas, Milwaukee and Charlotte symphonies in repertoire from Mozart the Lloyd Webber.
Joan Ryan was Broadway World’s Top Female Cabaret Artist in 2013, bringing her four‐octave range to leading roles in “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Nunsense” and more. On television, she was Tina Pallodrino on “Saved by the Bell” and spent two years on “The Young and the Restless.”
Scott Harlan starred with Carol Burnett in “From the Top” and
“Radio Gals,” and appeared in the national companies of “Do Black Paten Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” He also played Sancho in “Man of La Mancha” with Jon Cypher and Mr. Bumble in “Oliver!”
“ ‘One Singular Sensation’ is a celebration of the life and work of one of America’s most beloved composers and performers,”
wrote Sean Wright, director of Samford’s Wright Center. “One of only two men to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, Hamlisch has been been cherished by multiple generations. From his groundbreaking work on ‘A Chorus Line’ through his scoring of such belied films as ‘The Sting, ‘The Way We Were’ and ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ he brought together tremendous skill and an artist’s soul with his original compositions and as a guest artist and conductor with multiple symphony orchestras, including the Alabama Symphony Orchestra just before his death in August 2012.”
The performance was presented on Sept 19th at the Wright Center on the Samford campus.
SOURCE: Michael Huebner at Al‐DOT‐COM