By Misty Harris
The first (and only) time I met Marvin Hamlisch was during a WBFO pledge event I was producing. He was the Pops conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at the time and stopped by to do an interview in promotion of an event. He was Mr. Broadway. From his tall stature and grandiose personality it was hard not to recognize his presence that day at the station. He even made good on a pledge donation to the station that he had been meaning to give. At the time, it was the closest thing/person I had been in contact with who was associated with Broadway and I was so excited to be in his presence. As a young girl, I had loved the musical A Chorus Line (by way of promotional commercials on WPIX channel 11 and the Michael Douglas movie) and so I thought this visit was a big deal.
If you want to hear a bit more of Hamlisch’s greatest hits during his Broadway/motion picture era tune in for Live from Lincoln Center’s One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch Monday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. on WNED-TV. Joshua Bell, Michael Feinstein Josh Groban and other stars of the stage join host Audra McDonald and The New York Philharmonic in this New Year’s Eve live celebration of the composer’s lengthy career. So if you have danced in the mirror with a random hat and cane singing One Singular Sensation or held a box of tissues near while watching The Way We Were, you’ll want to join in on the celebration of a true Buffalo treasure!