"Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love," Featuring Barbra Streisand, Idina Menzel and More, Airs on PBS Dec. 27

By Adam Hetrick
27 Dec 2013

Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel

PBS American Masters broadcasts "Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love," profiling the life and work of the late award-winning composer, Dec. 27. Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen, Tim Rice, Idina Menzel and Carole Bayer Sager are among the artists featured.

Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Dori Berinstein ("Carol Channing: Larger Than Life," "Show Business: The Road To Broadway") directed, wrote and produced the documentary about Hamlisch, whose numerous accomplishments included the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Chorus Line.

Read Playbill.com's coverage of the documentary here. 

"What He Did for Love," according to PBS, "reveals the events that led to both his staggering success and, ultimately, his even greater humanity: his creative process, struggles, inner turmoil, and breakthroughs."



"Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love" airs on New York area PBS station WNET/Thirteen at 9 PM. Check local listings.

The documentary promises interviews with Steven Soderbergh, Quincy Jones, Christopher Walken, Joe Torre, John Lithgow, Lucie Arnaz, Ann-Margret, Howard Stringer, Kelli O'Hara, Brian d'Arcy James, Melissa Manchester and Hamlisch's wife, Terre Blair Hamlisch.

"Marvin's astounding musical genius was certainly breathtaking, but it was his irrepressible joy for life and his unending generosity that constantly had me in awe. What a tremendous honor and challenge to capture the magic of this singular sensation," Bernstein said in a statement.

It has also been revealed Bernstein was collaborating on a new musical with Hamlisch prior to his death. She is working to finish the musical, which will feature his final score.

The multi-award winner, whose numerous compositions included They're Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl, Sweet Smell of Success, "The Way We Were," and more, died Aug. 6, 2012, at the age of 68.

Watch a preview below: