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One Singular Sensation - Marvin Hamlisch

Duration:
1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 07 December 2012

Friday Night is Music Night presents 'One Singular Sensation', a concert in tribute to the great composer Marvin Hamlisch. Hamlisch's musicals include 'A Chorus Line' and 'They're Playing My Song', his movie scores include 'Sophie's Choice' and 'The Sting' and his popular songs include the classic Bond song 'Nobody Does It Better' and 'The Way We Were'. Tonight's concert is conducted by Marvin's long time friend Larry Blank and features the sixty piece BBC Concert Orchestra, Capital Voices, West End singers Sharon D. Clarke and Louise Dearman and special appearances from Sir Tim Rice and the original choreographer of 'A Chorus Line' Bob Avian. Ken Bruce presents .

Music Played

21 items
  • Image for The Company & BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    The Company & BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank One

    (Hamlisch/Kleban orch Burns/Kay adapt Blank)

  • Image for Andrew Playfoot / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Andrew Playfoot / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank If You Remember Me

    (Hamlisch orch Hazard adapt Blank)

  • Image for Louise Dearman / Capital Voices / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Louise Dearman / Capital Voices / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank California Nights

    (Hamlisch/Liebling arr O’Neill)

  • Image for Louise Dearman / Capital Voices / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Louise Dearman / Capital Voices / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows

    (Hamlisch/Liebling)

  • Image for Sharon D Clarke / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Sharon D Clarke / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Through The Eyes of Love

    (Hamlisch / C. Bayer Sager)

  • Image for Louise Dearman / Andrew Playfoot / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Louise Dearman / Andrew Playfoot / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank The Last Time I Felt Like This

    (Hamlisch / Bergman / Bergman)

  • Image for The Entertainer

    The Entertainer James Pearson (piano) / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    (Joplin arr Hamlisch)

  • Image for Andrew Playfoot / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Andrew Playfoot / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank They're Playing My Song

    (Hamlisch/Bayer Sager arr Burns)

  • Image for Sharon D Clarke / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Sharon D Clarke / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank I Still Believe In Love

    (Hamlisch/Bayer Sager orch Hazard)

  • Image for Louise Dearman / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Louise Dearman / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Dreamers

    (Hamlisch/Adler arr Ainsworth)

  • Image for Louise Dearman/Andrew Playfoot/Capital Voices / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Louise Dearman/Andrew Playfoot/Capital Voices / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank When You're In My Arms

    (Hamlisch/Bayer Sager orch Page)

  • Image for Sharon D Clarke/Andrew Playfoot/BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Sharon D Clarke/Andrew Playfoot/BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank If He Really Knew Me

    (Hamlisch/Bayer Sager orch Hazard)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Sophie's Choice - Suite

    (Hamlisch) (

  • Image for Andrew Playfoot / Capital Voices / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Andrew Playfoot / Capital Voices / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Smile

    (Hamlisch / Ashman)

  • Image for Sharon D Clarke / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Sharon D Clarke / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Come Light The Candles

    (Hamlisch/Bayer Sager)

  • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Nobody Does It Better

    (Hamlisch/Bayer Sager orch Hazard)

  • Image for Louise Dearman / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Louise Dearman / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank Nothing

    (Hamlisch/Kleban)

  • Image for Emma Kershaw/Louise Dearman/Annie Skates/BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Emma Kershaw/Louise Dearman/Annie Skates/BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank At The Ballet

    (Hamlisch/Kleban)

  • Image for Louise Dearman / Capital Voices / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Louise Dearman / Capital Voices / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank What I Did For Love

    (Hamlisch/Kleban)

  • Image for Sharon D Clarke / Capital Voices / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Sharon D Clarke / Capital Voices / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank The Way We Were

    (Hamlisch / Bergman / Bergman)

  • Image for Company / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank

    Company / BBC Concert Orchestra cb Larry Blank One (reprise)

    (Hamlisch / Kleban)

  • Backstage at The Mermaid

    Backstage at The Mermaid

    Conductor Larry Blank and singer Louise Dearman take a moment for a picture.

  • Louise Dearman

    Louise Dearman

    Being a part of BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night was such an incredible experience. The orchestra were sensational and being conducted by the wonderful Larry Blank was the icing on the cake. I felt truly honoured to have been invited to celebrate the music of Marvin Hamlische.

    XXX

    Louise Dearman Official Webpage
  • Andrew Playfoot

    Andrew Playfoot

    "I was privileged to be asked by Larry Blank to be a part of the Marvin Hamlisch tribute concert as I've always been a huge fan of his work and after hearing the BBC concert orchestra playing the beautiful selection from 'Sophie's Choice', I've just bought the cd. I had such a brilliant time working with such talents as Louise, Sharon, Capital Voices and the wonderful BBC concert orchestra and the crowd were incredible! Thank you!"

    Andrew Playfoot's Official Webpage
  • Sharon D Clarke

    Sharon D Clarke

    Fri Night Is Music Night.

    Being part of the Marvin Hamlisch evening was a real privilege. Firstly you have the opportunity to sing with a fabulous 65 piece Orchestra, a joy that is becoming a rarer thing. When the orchestra is usually in the pit, to have that wall of sound washing over you, being able to feel & truly be part of the music is a glorious treat.
    Then you have Mr Hamlisch's wonderful melodic, dramatic, iconic songs. Songs that are a joy to sing. Capital Voices providing their high standard warm, dynamic blend of accompanying vocals. The wonderful vocals of Louise Dearman & Andrew Playfoot, all lead by the Legend that is Larry Blank. Your listeners are in for a real treat.
    I was proud to be a part of such a heartfelt tribute.

    More Info
  • Conductors' Corner

    Conductors' Corner

    Larry Blank is a conductor, composer, and orchestrator based in Los Angeles, New York and London, whose career has found him working with some of the most respected names in theatre, music, film, and television , as well as exciting new talents. He was most recently seen on the Grammy Awards conducting for Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli.
    Larry is widely known for his ability to program unique concerts in many styles of music. His sophisticated knowledge of orchestration; his team spirit with musicians and his quick wit and showmanship make every concert he conducts an event long remembered. His vast work with Broadway musicals has developed his natural talent to construct an evening of style, rhythm with a performance arc giving the audience the most enjoyable evening possible. No bland stand and sing karaoke evenings for Larry; he’ll work his magic and make it sail. His vast knowledge of musical styles and songs of all genres support his innovative approach to programming that displays his incomparable love of good music, performed well, which in turn brings a very satisfied audience to their feet.
    Larry has guest conducted most of the orchestras in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia including:
    The New York Philharmonic, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Calgary Symphony, The Florida Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, New Orleans Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Oklahoma City Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, The National Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Buffalo Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Portland Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Norfolk Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Ft. Worth Symphony, The Toledo Symphony, The Utah Symphony, The New Jersey Symphony, Utah Symphony, San Diego Symphony. The Lansing Symphony, Palm Beach Pops, Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Auckland Symphony Orchestra, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra
    Larry has had the pleasure of arranging/conducting for with the following singers: Michael Feinstein, Marilyn Horne, Michael Crawford, Barbara Cook, Christine Andreas, Joe Williams, Yanni, Marvin Hamlisch, Bernadette Peters, Steve Lawrence, Vikki Carr, Pete Fountain, Elaine Stritch, Lorna Luft, Elaine Paige, Jason Alexander, Martin Short, Georgia Brown and many others.

    Larry made his Broadway debut at the age of 22, when he conducted GOODTIME CHARLEY with Joel Grey and Ann Reinking, after attending the renowned High School of Performing Arts. Larry's career in theatre includes the following highlights:

    Music Director for the International Touring Co. of A CHORUS LINE.
    Original Music Director for THEYRE PLAYING OUR SONG
    Orchestrated 8 songs for the Tony Award/Drama Desk winning orchestrations for the Broadway production of THE PRODUCERS, and his contribution was acknowledged by orchestrator Doug Besterman and author Mel Brooks at the Tony Awards.
    Wrote the orchestrations for 5 songs for the film CHICAGO and additional orchestrations for THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE for Broadway.
    Conducted the original cast recordings of SUGAR BABIES and THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, and also orchestrated and arranged the concept recording of Jerry Herman's new musical MISS SPECTACULAR.
    Music Director/Conductor for Michael Crawford's concert tours of Australia and the UK in 1999 and 2000 as well as being conductor for PHANTOM OF THE OPERA in Los Angeles for two years.
    Music Director for the SONDHEIM CELEBRATION at the Kennedy Center for SWEENEY TODD with Brian Stokes Mitchell and Christine Baranski.
    Musical Director for Katie Couric's musical tribute to WEST SIDE STORY. A fund raiser for the Jay Monahan Center in NY. The performers included Robert De Niro, Bette Midler, Tony Danza, Kevin Kline, Kelsey Grammer, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Groban, Jesse Martin as well as some of the cast of The Sopranos.
    In London Larry was arranger/orchestrator for the revival of MACK AND MABEL as well as co Music Director/Orchestrator for WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE (Ira Gershwin Centennial). For Barry J. Mishon: THE STYNE WAY (tribute to Jule Styne), MR. WONDERFUL (tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.), COLE PORTER CENTENNIAL, STAIRWAY TO THE STARS, MY ONE AND ONLY (in concert), THE FLEET'S IN (tribute to the British Navy), THE TRIBUTE TO MGM, JUDY GARLAND/TRIBUTE and NIGHT OF 100 STARS. Larry was also MD for THE INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN ARTS AWARDS at the Dominion.
    On Broadway Larry is currently represented by his Tony nominated orchestrations for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. He did the additional orchestrations for LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at the Marquis Theatre in NYC. The perennial hit show WHITE CHRISTMAS which is playing various cities in the US for the holidays as well as an upcoming production in the UK was orchestrated by Larry.

    Larry has also completed new orchestrations for Barbra Streisand's current FINAL tour.

    Along with Barry Manilow, he arranged and orchestrated RAGS TO RICHES for Barry's CD release of standards.

    He is currently represented on the London stage with his new orchestrations for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF playing at the Savoy Theatre as well as by THE DROWSY CHAPERONE playing in the West End.He also orchestrated the West End Musical BEAUTIFUL AND DAMNED and was the Music Director for Katie Couric's HOLLYWOOD HITS BROADWAY aboard the QM2 in New York Harbor, Larry also arranged and orchestrated JOHN BARROWMAN SWINGS COLE PORTER for the acclaimed West End and Broadway actor, and was the arranger for opera diva Deborah Voigt's concert with the NY Philharmonic, conducted by Don Pippin.
    Larry's work for film and television includes:
    Conductor/arranger/orchestrator for Jerry Herman's title song for the film, BARNEY'S GREAT ADVENTURE sung by Bernadette Peters as well as orchestrating/arranging two songs for SOUTH PARK for Marc Shaiman.
    Music Supervisor/Orchestrator for Jerry Herman's MRS. SANTA CLAUS with Angela Lansbury.
    Arranger/orchestrator for THE KID, KISS THE GIRLS, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, FORGET PARIS, CITY SLICKERS II, THE NET, THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT III, ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN 2, NORTH, SPEECHLESS, I'D DO ANYTHING, ALADDIN AND THE KING OF THIEVES, JUNGLE BOOK 2 and CATS DON'T DANCE.
    Orchestrated and arranged for 4 Academy Awards shows and the Grammy's.
    Larry was instructor for the first master class in film orchestration and conducting in Matera, Italy.

    Larry Blank Official Website

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