Broadway's bright glow will dim for a moment on Wednesday in memory of the late Marvin Hamlisch, a prolific American composer who died this week after a more than four-decade long career that spanned film, music, television and theater.
Manhattan's 40 Broadway theaters are expected to turn down their lights at 8 p.m. ET for a total of 60 seconds in symbolic tribute to the man who composed acclaimed scores for the Pulitzer Prize-winning "A Chorus Line," as well as "They're Playing Our Song" and "The Goodbye Girl."
His musical ensembles and "old-fashioned" style made him a favorite with Hollywood elites, theater-goers and dignitaries, and earned him three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards -- one of only 11 people ever to do so, according to The Broadway League, a trade group for the industry.
On the silver screen, Hamlisch composed more than 40 scores for films like "The Way We Were" and "The Sting."
"His legacy leaves us with a treasury of songs and stories that will always be familiar to theater-goers as they stir up meaningful and heartfelt emotions," said Charlotte St. Martin, League Executive Director.
He died Monday at the age of 68.
"Music is truly an international language," Hamlisch said on his official website. "And I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can."
Social media was abuzz Tuesday with reflections of the legendary composer and his legacy.
"The evenings we spent with you and the Pittsburgh Pops are memories that will last forever," Jean Elliot Boyer wrote on his official Facebook page."Your banter with the audience and your down-to-earth style will stay with me forever."
"The world will miss your gift," wrote Gail Dwyer.