Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand

Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Nobody does it better than the divas who celebrated the life and work of Marvin Hamlisch tonight.

Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and Aretha Franklin were among the performers who took the microphone at a memorial for the late composer at the 900-seat Juilliard School theater.

"He was one of my few constants," an emotional Minnelli, who sang "If You Really Knew Me" from the musical They're Playing My Song, told the crowd. "He was always there. He always was and always will be."

Franklin did a slow burn on "Nobody Does It Better," the theme song from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. Streisand, who recalled first meeting Hamlisch as the rehearsal pianist when she was doing Funny Girl on Broadway in 1964, sang the Oscar-winning title song from The Way We Were.

Violinist Itzhak Perlman, singer Michael Feinstein, trumpeter Chris Botti and theater star Maria Friedman also performed.

Hamlisch—one of only two people with an Oscar (three, actually), Grammy, Tony, Emmy (three again) and Pulitzer Prize under his belt, not to mention two Golden Globes—died after a brief illness on Aug. 6. He was 69 and had been working on yet another new musical.

  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share

We and our partners use cookies on this site to improve our service, perform analytics, personalize advertising, measure advertising performance, and remember website preferences. By using the site, you consent to these cookies. For more information on cookies including how to manage your consent visit our Cookie Policy.