The late Marvin Hamlisch received a tribute Tuesday evening in New York that drew a number of friends and collaborators from the worlds of theater, music and movies. The roster of attendees to the invitation-only event included Barbra Streisand, Neil Simon, Carol Bayer Sager, Liza Minnelli and Aretha Franklin.
Hamlisch died unexpectedly in Los Angeles last month at the age of 68. Tuesday's tribute took place at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at the Juilliard School at Lincoln Center. Hamlisch began his studies at Juilliard at the ripe age of 6, and would return years later as a faculty member.
Michael Feinstein, who will succeed Hamlisch as lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops, played the piano at Tuesday's tribute. Among the theater-world performers on hand were Brian D'Arcy James and cast members from "The Nutty Professor," the last stage musical Hamlisch wrote the music for.
Hamlisch's theater work includes the scores to "A Chorus Line," "They're Playing Our Song," "The Goodbye Girl" and "Sweet Smell of Success."
Also taking the stage to perform songs by Hamlisch were Streisand, Minnelli and Franklin.
The Pasadena Pops will hold a free tribute concert for Hamlisch on Saturday on the steps of Pasadena's City Hall. The concert, which will begin at 7 p.m., will be conducted by Larry Blank and hosted by actor Jason Alexander.
Another tribute for Hamlisch is set for the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey on Oct. 7. The event is expected to feature alumni performers from "A Chorus Line," including original Broadway cast members Kelly Bishop and Donna McKechnie.
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