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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Cy Coleman

Cy Coleman

Born: June 14, 1929, Bronx, New York

Died: November 4, 2004, New York, New York

(p.303) Cy Coleman
Show Tunes

Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the work of Cy Coleman. It gives an extended commentary of his career, and provides details on productions, giving data and song information. Coleman, a child prodigy at the keyboard, was giving piano recitals at the age of five. The budding concert pianist took a turn toward pop as a teenager, playing at servicemen’s clubs during World War II. He formed a jazz trio and was soon playing successfully in nightclubs. Coleman also started writing songs with lyricist Joseph McCarthy Jr., son of the lyricist of Irene (Notables: November 1, 1919).

Keywords:   Cy Coleman, composers, Broadway musicals, musical theater, show tunes, Joseph McCarthy Jr.

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