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He was also was due to lead the New York Philharmonic during its upcoming New Year’s Eve concert.

Hamlisch was working on a new musical, “Gotta Dance,” at the time of his death and was scheduled to write the score for a new Soderbergh film on Liberace, “Behind the Candelabra,” starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Terre, a television producer.

“The world will miss his music, his humor, his genius,” said Alan and Marilyn Bergman, who collaborated on many songs with Hamlisch including “The Way We Were” and “Ordinary Miracles.”

“We will miss him every day for the rest of our lives.”


AP Music Writer Chris Talbott in Nashville, Tenn., and Jeff Wilson in Los Angeles contributed to this report.