Saturday Night Live character Lisa Loopner may have turned the name “Marvin Hamlisch” into a punchline, but for concertgoers eager to hear the composer of A Chorus Line and They’re Playing Our Song in person, the State Theatre of New Brunswick, NJ isn’t joking: they’re offering him in concert, May 6.
Titled “From Broadway to Hollywood,” Hamlisch’s performance -- backed by a back-up singer and two dancers -- will likely dip into such less commercially successful musicals as Smile and The Goodbye Girl, as well as his world-wide hit movie theme song, “The Way We Were” and the instrumental scores to “The Sting” (adapting Scott Joplin rags) and “Sophie’s Choice.”
On the lighter side, Hamlisch will also offer his “Rent a Composer” routine, in which he composes ditties on the spot based on audience suggestions.
For tickets ($21-$26) and information on “From Broadway to Hollywood” call (732) 246-7469.
-- By David Lefkowitz