Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love

Sweet Smell of Success

The Broadway musical Sweet Smell of Success, based on the 1950s film, earned Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score. Its star John Lithgow, who won the Tony Award for Best Actor, describes Marvin Hamlisch’s score as having hallucinogenic colors. Hear parts of the music and see annotated pages from the score […]

Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love

Leaving Hollywood for Broadway

Marvin Hamlisch earned recognition early in his Hollywood career, and in a big way: He won three Oscars in one evening for his music for the films The Sting and The Way We Were. The native New Yorker was pleased with the work he was doing, but Broadway, his first love, beckoned. His next project […]

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

Something to Dance About

He was a master of the Broadway musical and one of the greatest ballet choreographers this country has ever produced.

You’re the Top: The Cole Porter Story  

About the Musician and Composer

“Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. Let’s do it, let’s fall in love.” “Night and Day,” “I Get A Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “Begin the Beguine,” “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” — some of the cleverest, funniest, and most romantic songs ever written came from the pen […]

Eugene O’Neill: A Glory of Ghosts

About Eugene O’Neill

Eugene O’Neill was one of the greatest playwrights in American history. Through his experimental and emotionally probing dramas, he addressed the difficulties of human society with a deep psychological complexity. O’Neill’s disdain for the commercial realities of the theater world he was born into led him to produce works of importance and integrity. Born in […]

Simply Simon: Not Just For Laughs

About Neil Simon

Neil Simon is the world’s most successful playwright. He has had dozens of plays and nearly as many major motion pictures produced. He has been showered with more Academy and Tony nominations than any other writer, and is the only playwright to have four Broadway productions running simultaneously. His plays have been produced in dozens […]

Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer

About Preston Sturges

Considered the father of the screwball comedy, Preston Sturges was recognized as one of the great early writers in Hollywood. Sturges was born in 1898 in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Mary Desti, was an Irish immigrant with dreams of stardom. When Preston was still an infant, she left his father and later pursued a career […]