His other stage work included The Goodbye Girl as well as conducting for symphony orchestras around the U.S. and directing the music for Barbra Streisand’s 1994 tour. Recently, Hamlisch had written the score for a musical adaptation of The Nutty Professor, having an out-of-town tryout in Nashville currently.
It was through his film work that many became familiar with Hamlisch–particularly his instantly iconic arrangements of Scott Joplin for The Sting, for which Hamlisch won one of his three Oscars. (All three were awarded at the 1973 ceremony, for his work on The Sting and The Way We Were.) A New Yorker by birth and Queens College alumnus, Hamlisch was 68.