Jonathan Roxmouth and Sharon Spiegel-Wagner can be seen in the musical tribute ‘I’m Playing Your Song: The Marvin Hamlisch Story’, at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre at Montecasino from Thursday, December 17, to Sunday, January 10.
Marvin Hamlisch was the man behind some of the most celebrated music of the twentieth century. From his humble beginnings as Barbra Streisand’s rehearsal pianist on ‘Funny Girl’ to winning a record three Academy Awards on the same night at only 29, it was clear that he was destined for greatness.
Not only was he the composer of famous hits like ‘The Way We Were’, ‘Nobody Does it Better’ and ‘I Finally Found Someone’, he was also the composer of musicals such as ‘A Chorus Line’ and ‘They’re Playing Our Song’. In-between these, he was responsible for the film scores of ‘The Sting’, ‘Ice Castles’, ‘Sophie’s Choice’ and a armful of other titles. In short, his music shaped a generation.
Furthermore, he was a genuine mensch, with a life as compelling as his music. ‘I’m Playing Your Song’ traces Hamlisch’s story through the songs and music he gave the world.
The show, directed by Alan Swerdlow, places Roxmouth back at the YAMAHA grand piano as Marvin Hamlisch himself, with Sharon Spiegel-Wagner playing everyone from his first Juilliard teacher to Barbra Streisand herself in an evening of music, memories and heart.
* Performances will take place on Wednesdays to Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm.
Tickets range in price between R100 and R200, can be booked at Computicket; or at the Theatre Box Office on 011 511 1818.