Tragedy has again unexpectedly struck the post-war generation of urbane Jewish tastemakers and those who love them. Legendary composer of “A Chorus Line” and genuine EGOT Marvin Hamlisch has died, at the alarmingly young(ish) age of 68, after what his family has termed a “brief illness.” The kick line in Heaven will be especially precise tonight.

I’ll have lots more on Hamlisch and his unique genius in my Tattler column this Friday. For now, console yourselves with this account from our friend Michael Schulman at the New Yorker—someone who never knew Marvin but desperately wanted to–and the terrific clip below of Hamlisch playing a medley of his songs.

Think you can guess my favorite? Leave your speculations in the comment. Winner gets a copy of this.

Earlier: Mayim Bialik and the Jewish EGOT
Marvin Hamlisch, Composer of ‘A Chorus Line’, Dies at 68 [NYT]