The Way He Was: Remembering Marvin Hamlisch, the Man and the Music

By Robin Tabachnik
04 Jan 2013

Raúl Esparza
Theatre, film, and television star Raúl Esparza: "When Marvin believes in you he insists until you start to believe. He thought I would make a phenomenal Billy Bigelow [in Carousel ] for the New York Philharmonic's 2008 Broadway's Greatest Showstoppers. The outsized, direct Rodgers & Hammerstein work requires absolute commitment to its heart-on-sleeve simplicity, with big voice singing against a big orchestra. My voice is big, but it's a rock voice — I would never have chosen that for myself — but when that soliloquy was over, I heard the audience screaming and I saw Marvin beaming with pride and joy."

A version of this piece appeared in the December 2012 Playbill of the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Robin Tabachnik is a New York-based arts and culture journalist who writes frequently for Playbill, Town & Country and IN New York magazine.

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