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Marvin the Performer


Watch Marvin Hamlisch’s funny antics at the piano in front of a live audience. Bob Avian calls him a performer who’s a mix of the great entertainer Victor Borge and the renowned classical music conductor Arturo Toscanini.

“You would never know it when you first met Marvin, the idea that he was going to be a personality, entertaining people and having them laugh,” says John Breglio. “You know he’s just this kid from – this Jewish kid from New York, who writes songs and suddenly he morphed in to this real celebrity who was fantastic on stage.”

When he was a child, many thought Marvin would become a classical musician since he entered Juilliard at the age of six. Sir Howard Stringer, the former president and CEO of Sony Music Corporation, remarks about Hamlisch, “…his sense of humor and his innate theatricality would have made it impossible for him to become a classical virtuoso, it’s just too restrictive.”

Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love premieres nationally Friday, December 27, 2013 at 9 p.m. on PBS.


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