Barnum: a New Musical (Remastered) Cy Coleman Trio
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- 1One Brick at a Time05:11
- 2Black and White04:16
- 3Love Makes Such Fools of Us All05:41
- 4Bigger Isn't Better02:37
- 5The Colors of My Life05:23
- 6Join the Circus04:27
- 7I Like Your Style03:40
- 8There is a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute03:31
- 9At Least I Tried05:09
- 10Thank God I'm Old02:13
- 11Come Follow the Band04:26
Info for Barnum: a New Musical (Remastered)
“Cy Colemanis a permanent gem in Broadway’s musical crown,” wrote the New York Post. His Broadway shows garnered Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Critics Awards and many others. Included are such favorites as Sweet Charity, City of Angels, The Will Rogers Follies, Barnum, The Life and Little Me. Cy received three Emmys, two Grammys and countless Grammy nominations. Some hit songs include “Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “Hey Look Me Over,” “Witchcraft” and “The Best Is Yet to Come.” Mr. Coleman’s awards and honors include the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Dramatists Guild’s Frederick Loewe Award and ASCAP Foundation’s Richard Rodgers Award. He died suddenly one month before rehearsals began for Sweet Charity. Cy’s greatest production is Lily Cye, born May 17, 2000.
Cy Coleman, piano, vocals
Jonathan Miller, double bass, e-bass
Ron Zito, drums
Produced by Norman Schwartz
A classically trained child prodigy and concert pianist turned popular songwriter and Broadway tunesmith, Coleman made his Carnegie Hall debut at age seven and by his late teens had become somewhat of a society darling, performing jazz piano in sophisticated New York nightclubs. By the 1950s, he turned to composing pop standards (with lyricists Joseph McCarthy Jr., Bob Hilliard, and Hal David) for the likes of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole and ran his own New York nightspot, The Playroom.
Teaming with clever lyricist Carolyn Leigh, Coleman wrote such hit songs as “Witchcraft” and “Firefly” before the pair composed their first two Broadway efforts — the spirited Lucille Ball vehicle “Wildcat” (1960), which produced the showstopper “Hey, Look Me Over,” and the brilliantly brash Neil Simon musical satire “Little Me” (1962), with its seductive hits “I’ve Got Your Number” and “Real Live Girl” and its tour-de-force performance by TV star Sid Caesar as all seven male characters.
In 1966, Coleman wed his rhymic, upbeat jazzy scores to the words of veteran lyricist Dorothy Fields for the bouncy, insinuating score to “Sweet Charity” (based on Fellini’s film, “Nights of Cabiria” and filmed by Bob Fosse in his 1969 directorial debut) and in 1973 for “Seesaw,” the less than successful — but nonetheless catchy — musical version of William Gibson’s play “Two for the Seesaw.” Subsequently, he employed a variety of styles, from country and western to blues, for the intimate wife-swapping musical “I Love My Wife” (1977) and composed the bumptuous circus musical “Barnum” (1980), which also marked his debut as a Broadway producer.
Coleman has won three Tony Awards: for the comic operetta “On the Twentieth Century” (1978; with lyricists Betty Comden and Adolph Green); for his brilliant jazz-inflected score for the witty and stylish film noir musical “City of Angels” (1990; with David Zippel); and for the folksy, glitzy pastiche score for “The Will Rogers Follies” (1991; again with Comden and Green). In 1996, he released an album of songs for a proposed musical, “The Life,” that included tracks by Liza Minnelli and George Burns. With lyrics by Ira Gassman, it is the story of the denizens of NYC’s 42nd Street, including prostitutes and pimps. This, in turn, led to a full-scale Broadway mounting the following year. While the show had its share of fans, it only managed a run of just over a year. The composer’s next full-scale stage musical wasn’t produced until the 21st century, and then in Amsterdam. Coleman wrote the music for “Grace, The Musical” (2001), a fictionalized biography of actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly. (Source: BaselineStudioSystems — A Hollywood Media Corp. Company.)
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