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In the audience were Mike Nichols, the Oscar- and Tony-winning director, and Valerie Jarrett, a longtime adviser and friend to Barack and Michelle Obama.

Hamlisch’s funeral was held Aug. 14 at Congregation Emanu-El, a prominent Manhattan synagogue where legendary songwriter George Gershwin’s funeral was held in 1937. Former President Bill Clinton and Sir Howard Stringer, chairman of Sony Corp., eulogized Hamlisch.

Hamlisch received a Tony and a Pulitzer for “A Chorus Line,” the second-longest-running American show in Broadway history, and wrote the music for other stage hits such as “The Goodbye Girl” and “Sweet Smell of Success.”

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

The memorial also included the song “While I Still Have the Time,” which is part of the new musical based on the Jerry Lewis film “The Nutty Professor” that debuted in Tennessee this summer.