The death of popular composer Marvin Hamlisch yesterday resonated with many fans.
Bradley Jones — a 1975 Staples graduate, who played Gregory Gardner in “A Chorus Line” from 1981-89 — recalls:
By the time I got into the Broadway company, we would only see Marvin Hamlisch for brush-up rehearsals when the show was hitting a milestone performance.
I remember him coming in when we became the longest running show (performance 3389), the 5000th performance, and when one of the original cast would come in for a limited run.
Marvin was a stickler for tight, crisp, and elegant articulation of the lyrics of “One,” and he wanted “What I Did For Love” deeply legato and full of our deepest longings. We would happily meet his demands, because we knew these songs were his signature. After having Marvin at a rehearsal, the tempos were also increased and we would dance the opening combinations fast.
It was thrilling to have time with him, and a real antidote to any “long run-itis” the company might have suffered.
Bradley Jones will keep “A Chorus Line” alive — in Westport. This spring, he returns to Staples Players (his former troupe) as choreographer for the beloved show.