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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

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(p.303) Cy Coleman
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Show Tunes
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Steven Suskin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0026

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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