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"A Chorus Line" Legend Recalls Marvin Hamlisch

Donna"One Singular Sensation," the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, had a lot of singular moments, as well as a few sensational ones. One memorable interlude came when Donna McKechnie reminisced about creating the role of Cassie in "A Chorus Line."

McKechnie, left, joked around about what happened when Marvin Hamlisch wrote "her song" for the show. The time was running out before the show was going to open, and she was excited when he announced he had written it.

She said he handed her the score and laughingly asked, "Can you sight read?"

And the song was, initially, a problem to sing! McKechnie mimicked herself trying to sing it.

Her solution to the song's difficulty, or should we say, impossibility?

She wanted to tell him, "Don't you think it's a little range-y?" but did not. You did not tell Marvin Hamlisch how to do his job.

Instead, she told us, slowly: "You breathe and pray and you trust that being the genius he is, he will rethink this."

The packed house burst out laughing. Breathing and praying add up to the secret to a lot of success in life, you know? It worked for McKechnie.

We note that McKechnie has a book out, "Time Steps."

It is starting to sound like a Buzz must read!

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