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Marvin: Based on the Way I Was by Marvin Hamlisch

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  8 reviews
As only the second person in history to be awarded the PEGOT (Pulitzer, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), Marvin Hamlisch has quite an incredible story. This graphic novel adaptation of the biography of the renowned musician, composer, and conductor also includes his family's flight from Nazi-occupied Austria and their immigration to the United States. Accepted into the ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published February 28th 2020 by Schiffer Kids
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Tonja Drecker
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What better way to introduce middle graders to a renowned personality than through a bit of snark, humor (which snorts a giggle), and in graphic novel form!

Marvin Hamlisch wasn't born a renowned musician, composer and conductor. His childhood had his parents fleeing the Nazi's, him being enrolled at a top music school at the age of six...vomiting before every performance..., and composing his own songs and such already in middle school to land hits already when he was a teenager. And sometimes
Diane Hernandez
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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In 1950 at age six, Marvin Hamlisch was the youngest student to be accepted to Juilliard, the famous New York City music school. He auditioned with a then-modern pop song, Goodnight Irene, instead of the usual classical music selection. Marvin was the American son of Jewish Austrian immigrants forced out of Vienna by Hitler. His parents assumed that his future is made after his acceptance at Juilliard. However, Marvin was wracked by stage fright before each recital. He quickly realized that he ...more
Wayne McCoy
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
'Marvin: Based on The Way I Was by Marvin Hamlisch' is adapted by Ian David Marsden and has art by him as well.

This is the story of young Marvin Hamlisch. At age 6, he entered Juilliard. His Jewish parents had fled Vienna and wanted their young child to be successful. All the pressure caused Marvin to have stomach problems. Also, he preferred playing show tunes. This is how he got his first jobs composing and the famous people he met along the way.

It's a pretty great story. I was inspired by
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Totally captivating graphic biography of the composer Marvin Hamlisch, it starts with his going to Julliard aged 6 and his struggles with her nerves. His parents fled Austria to escape the Nazi's and this section of the book is gripping and informative. The story then continues with how the teenage Marvin started his career and worked with Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland and Liza Minelli, a clear talent he could play any song on the piano often by ear after hearing it once. The excitement of how ...more
Jason S Wrench
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you know anything about movie soundtracks or musical theater in the last 50 years, then you'll know the name Marvin Hamlisch. He's probably most famous for writing the Tony award-winning show A Chorus Line and Academy award-winning scores for The Sting and The Way We Were. He's one of only 16 people who have earned the infamous EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Awards).

This book is less about the work that Hamlisch is actually known for and more about how he got there. This delightful
Cheryl Sokoloff
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wished to receive the graphic novel, #Marvin, and I got it! What an incredible talent Marvin Hamlisch was born with, but, his success did not come to him on a magic carpet. Under the guidance and loving attention of his parents, who themselves were forced to escape Nazi occupied Vienna, Marvin was accepted to Juliard at the tender age of 6. He spent many many hours practicing piano, and although he truly loved "pop" music, it was the classical pieces that took up the majority of his time, and ...more
This is a very well done story of the early life of Marvin Hamlisch, whose family escaped the Nazis just in time, to come to America, where Marvin could carry on the music career that his father had had to abandon in Vienna.

Quite amazing, as it always is in the music and film industry, how he came across the jobs he did get, and how he got where he eventually landed, which was writing music for the movies, amongst other things.

He wasn't self taught. He went to Juliard School in New York, but
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

I'm a big musical theatre fan and thought I knew quite a lot about Marvin Hamlisch, but how wrong I was! I knew next to nothing of his early years.

This is a beautifully illustrated book, with the first two thirds concentrating on his youth starting with his acceptance to Julliard at aged six then through his early achievements.

A brilliant book for children interested in music and musical theatre. But also a great story that shows how anxiety and fear can get in the way with talent.

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