Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 28, 1988
Marvin hams it up
By JIM PONIEWOZIK
THERE'S nothing quite like the chemistry between a
master musician and a clever lyricist. History is rife
with examples: Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gilbert and
Sullivan, Gershwin and Gershwin ...
Hamlisch and you?
It's quite possible. Not only has composer Marvin
Hamlisch teamed up with writers like Carole Bayer
Sager and Johnny Mercer in the past; he has also,
thanks to an invention of his he calls "rent-a-com-
poser," combined with members of his audience -
although, admittedly, he does most of the work.
"A lot of people have terrific titles that would make
great songs, but they don't have a composer around to
fit a melody to it," he says. Enter musical tailor Ham-
lisch, who solicits bizarre song titles from audience
members and writes melodies for them on the spot, to
the delight and amazement of his listeners.
But then, Hamlisch is no newcomer to making
songs to order. Since he was picked by producer Sam
Spiegel, after hearing him play piano at a party of his,
to write the score for his film The Swimmer in 1968,
he has been heavily involved in film and theater
collaborations. Among the most notable of his stage
efforts include the scores for A Chorus Line and
They're Playing Our Song - a musical which,
ironically, drew on his troubled relationship with Bayer
Sager, with whom he co-wrote the music.
But Hamlisch has been most acclaimed for his film
work, in particular the scores for The Way We Were
and The Sting, which netted him a combined three
Academy Awards in 1974. And he has since branched
out into television - if you've ever thrilled over your
morning coffee to the inspiring strains of the Good
Morning America theme song, you now know who to
Still, Hamlisch's roots lie in performing live, as
you will discover if you see him this evening. If you
do, bring a good title. He may literally be "playing
MARVIN HAMLISCH will play at 8 p.m. at Hill
Auditorium. Be there or write your own damn music.
Basement Arts Production is
holding auditions for MUD -- a
play in 17 scenes by Cuban
playwright Maria Irene Fornes.
Auditions will be held in the Arena
from 6-10 p.m. Come with
contemporary monologue. There are
3 challenging roles - one woman,
two men.The play is on reserve in
the Theatre Dept. Library, 1512
Frieze bldg. Contact: Jon Mintz -
--Sept. 28 & 29, Wed. and
Hill Street Players is holding
auditions for Hold Me from 7-10
p.m. at the Michigan Union. A
modern audition piece is requested,
but not required (No longer than two
minutes in length). Contact: Scott
Weissman - 769-0500.
---Sept. 29 & 30, Thurs.&
Night's Dream. Open to University
community. Casting - at least 20,
split equally between men and
women of all ages, sizes, shapes,
races, and backgrounds. Auditions
will be held 7-11 p.m. in Rm. 2518
in the Frieze bldg. Sign up sheet at
Frieze bldg. on 2nd floor.
Familiarize yourself with play.
Scripts available for two hours with
proper I.D. (Student I.D.) at the
theatre office in Michigan League.
Be prepared to render a short,
memorized audition piece. Contact:
Phillip Kerr -747-2294 or 764-
"..Sept. 29, Thurs.
University Activities Center/
Impact Dance Theatre is hosting
auditions for coed University
sponsored dance com-pany.
Auditions will be held in the
Michigan Union Ballroom at 7 p.m.
Looking for strong dance background
in all types of dance. Call UAC at
---Oct.1 & 2, Sat. & Sun.
Actors needed for a 16 mm film.
Auditions are 5-7 p.m. in Rm. 1035
at Frieze bldg. More info. - 930-
---Oct. 3, Mon.
Basement Arts Production is
holding auditions for Time Present
and Time Future - a combination
of works by T.S. Eliot. Auditions
will be in Rm. 2518 in the Frieze
bldg. from 7:30-10:30 p.m. and are
open to all Uni-versity students. 5-7
people are needed. Looking for a
creative and enthusiastic group.
Please read works before audition.
Scripts available in Theatre Dept.
Li-brary. May bring monologue or
poem in as well.
**-Stage Manager needed for
Mighty Gents directed by Charles
Jackson. Call Brett Finley at 763-
0951, Mon.- Thurs. - 1-3:30 p.m.
If you know of any other
auditions, contact Cherie Curry at
Players is holding
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