Composer Marvin Hamlisch dies at 68

Marvin Hamlisch, the acclaimed composer and arranger of dozens of Broadway plays and films, died Aug. 6 in Los Angeles following  a brief illness, his family said in a statement. He was 68.

He perhaps was best known for his work on the long-running Broadway musical “A Chorus Line,” which won several Tony Awards and for which Hamlisch won the Pulitzer Prize.

Hamlisch was born in New York to Viennese Jewish parents and at 7 became the youngest student ever accepted into the Juilliard School. He started on Broadway as a rehearsal pianist and assistant vocal arranger for “Funny Girl,” starring Barbra Streisand, for whom he would later compose “The Way We Were.”

Hamlisch earned three Academy Awards, four Emmys, a Tony, four Grammys and three Golden Globes. He recently visited the Bay Area, playing the piano during a May 6 performance at the JCC of San Francisco. As recently as July 21, he had conducted a Pasadena Pops concert. — jta