Autobiographical Children's Book "Marvin Makes Music," From Late Composer Marvin Hamlish, Set for Fall Release

By Michael Gioia
14 Aug 2012

"Marvin Makes Music," a children's book written by the late composer Marvin Hamlisch, will be published by Dial Press Nov. 8.



The hardcover book, featuring illustrations by Jim Madsen, includes a CD with the song "The Music in My Mind" by Hamlisch and his Nutty Professor collaborator Rupert Holmes.

"Marvin Makes Music" was completed prior to Hamlisch's death on Aug. 6 at the age of 68. The book tells the autobiographical story of Hamlisch's acceptance into Juilliard School at the age of six.

Here's how Amazon.com describes the book: "Marvin loves to play the piano and compose his own songs. But performing music over and over that's composed by some old guys name Ludwig and Wolfgang just gives him knots in his stomach. When his father tells Marvin he has an audition with the most prestigious music school, how can Marvin overcome his nerves and get swept away by the music? This endearing book is based on the true-life story of composer Marvin Hamlisch, who, at the age of six, was the youngest person ever accepted into the Juilliard School."

Hamlisch is one of 11 people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. He also received the Pulitzer Prize for A Chorus Line, his most iconic work. His other theatre works included the musicals They're Playing Our Song, Jean Seberg, Smile, The Goodbye Girl and Sweet Smell of Success. He also wrote songs for Nora Ephron's play Imaginary Friends. His latest show, The Nutty Professor, currently plays at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN. Click here to read more about his life and career.

To pre-order "Marvin Makes Music," click here.