Marvin Makes Music, a children’s book written by and based on the childhood of Marvin Hamlisch, will be published on November 8 by Dial Press. Featuring illustrations by Jim Madsen, the hardcover book is aimed at kids ages six and up and will include a bonus CD of “The Music in My Mind” by Hamlisch and his Nutty Professor collaborator Rupert Holmes. Hamlisch died on August 6 at age 68.
The book centers on the true story of how Hamlisch auditioned for the Juilliard School when he was six years old. The Amazon.com description of Marvin Makes Music is as follows: “Marvin loves to play the piano and compose his own songs. But performing music over and over that's composed by some old guys name Ludwig and Wolfgang just gives him knots in his stomach. When his father tells Marvin he has an audition with the most prestigious music school, how can Marvin overcome his nerves and get swept away by the music?”
Hamlisch composed the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Chorus Line as well as Sweet Smell of Success, The Goodbye Girl and They’re Playing Our Song. He is a three-time Oscar winner for his work on The Sting and The Way We Were.