Buffalo needed a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. I think we all miss him.
He became the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal pops conductor at a time when our town was still smarting from the loss of his predecessor, Doc Severinsen. Severinsen had left because of a management dispute, which was a pity – but then along came Hamlisch, picking things up and taking us in new directions. Marvin Hamlisch, who wrote the music for “A Chorus Line!” It was fun just being in the same hall with him.
Now it’s the laughter that we remember, when we remember the way we were.
That was one of the songs in Saturday’s BPO’s “One Singular Sensation: A Tribute to the Music of Marvin Hamlisch.” It was a touching tribute to the maestro we learned to love.
Three singers were on hand. One was Jodi Benson, the voice of Disney’s Little Mermaid, whom Hamlisch brought here on several occasions. Another, to the crowd’s delight, was Donna McKechnie, who created the role of Cassie in “A Chorus Line.” You don’t get bigger in Broadway than that. McKechnie looks lovely and her voice is bright and clear.
The third was the great Doug LaBrecque, who like Benson was a Hamlisch favorite and a regular at Kleinhans Music Hall in the Hamlisch era. Read the rest of the article.