A Remembrance of Marvin Hamlisch at the Birthplace of A Chorus Line

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On April 15, 1975, A Chorus Line tipped its hat to audiences for the first time on the brick-walled stage of the Public Theater's Newman Theater on Lafayette Street. 

On Aug. 6, the last living member of the musical's writing team, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch, died at the age of 68. Read Playbill.com's obituary and remembrance of Hamlisch here. A member of the Public Theater's creative staff, properties master Jay Duckworth, paid tribute to Hamlisch on the night of his death in a singular way.

Mr. Duckworth kindly shared his photograph and some words with Playbill.com.

The night that Marvin Hamlisch passed I stayed after work and at half hour (7:30 PM) set up the column and candle on center of the Newman stage where A Chorus Line started. I brought my computer out, set it in the house next to my seat and cued up the cast album of A Chorus Line. At places call (8:00 PM) I lit the candle and pressed play. I sat and listened to the entire score, went up on stage and blew out the candle. I wanted to put up more candles but One seemed the appropriate number. I took the picture because I wanted to let my friends and the friends of the Public Theater know that we honor our family sometimes in grand ways and sometimes alone in a dark theater.

Photo by Jay Duckworth/Public Theater
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