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Cy Coleman

Biography

Cy Coleman did have smll effect on jazz picture, but his main importance shows up as composer and force in theater. He previously a recital at Steinway Hall at age six, and was playing Manhattan very night clubs at 17. Coleman produced a trio in 1948 while still students at NY University of Music. He begun to attract interest with two strike singles he composed performed by Frank Sinatra within the ’50s; “Make an effort to Transformation Me Today” and “Witchcraft.” He also penned “Firefly” for Tony Bennett in 1958. The musical “Wildcraft” which he do with lyricist Carolyn Leigh starred Lucille Ball in 1960. After that arrived string of stage successes, including “Small Me,” “Nice Charity” and “Seesaw.” Since that time, Coleman’s had additional stage strikes, notably “Barnum.” He’s also experienced songs presented in films, included in Barbra Streisand and many more. Coleman in addition has periodically documented albums. Tag Murphy do LP of Coleman materials in 1977.

Quick Facts


Full Name Cy Coleman
Died November 18, 2004, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Songwriter, Lyricist, Music Arranger, Film Score Composer, Theatrical producer, Jazz Pianist, Music Director
Education Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, The High School of Music & Art
Nationality American
Spouse Shelby Coleman
Children Lily Cye Coleman
Parents Ida Prizent
Awards Tony Award for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, Mastercard Best New Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music, Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Broadway Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy, Variety, or Music Special, New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical
Music Songs The Best Is Yet to Come, If My Friends Could See Me Now, Why Try to Change Me Now, Hey Look Me Over, I’ve Got Your Number, The Colors of My Life, You Can Always Count on Me, Playboy's Theme, When in Rome, You're Nothing Without Me, The Rules Of The Road, Rhythm of Life, Big Spender, It Started with a Dream, Real Live Girl, Where Am I Going, There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This, You Fascinate Me So, I'm a Brass Band, The Oldest Profession, The Rhythm of Life, Nothing to Do But Dance, I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life, Parisian Women, Pussy Cat, September's Coming, Bad Is for Other People, The Pompeii Club, Little Me: I've Got Your Number, Some Kind of Music, Sweet Talk, My Personal Property
Albums Barnum (1980 original Broadway cast), Playboy's Penthouse, Adler, Bock, Coleman, Divorce American Style / The Art of Love, Sweet Charity (1967 original London cast), You Fascinate Me So, Barnum (1981 original London cast), Cool Coleman, If My Friends Could See Me Now, It Started with a Dream, Piano Patterns, Theme from The Garden of the Finzi Continis, Cy Coleman Trio, Famous Hits by Cy Coleman, Fly Me To The Moon, Barnum, Comin' Home, Cy Coleman: Studio 102 Essentials, Kiss and Run, A Night on Broadway
Nominations Tony Award for Best Musical, Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Academy Award for Best Original Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Music Composition - Special Program, Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance with Vocal Coloring, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement In Special Musical Material
Movies Family Business, Power, Garbo Talks, Sweet Charity, The Art of Love, Father Goose, The Troublemaker
TV Shows Playboy's Penthouse, Starlit Time, ABC's Nightlife


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1 David Zippel and his musical, "City of Angels" at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2015 Joseph Jefferson Equity Award for Best Musical Large Production.
2 His musical, "Barnum" at the Mercury Theater Chicago was nominated for a 2013 Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Midsize Musical Production.
3 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 89-91. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
4 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1981.
5 Won three Tony Awards: in 1978, as Best Score, his music with lyrics by frequent collaborators Betty Comden and Adolph Green for "On the Twentieth Century"; in 1990, as Best Score (Musical), his music with David Zippel's lyrics for "City of Angels"; and in 1991 as Best Score (Musical), his music with lyrics by Comden and Green for "The Will Rogers Follies." In addition, he was Tony-nominated eleven other times: in 1963, as Best Composer and Lyricist with collaborator Carolyn Leigh and his music as part of Best Musical nomination for "Little Me"; in 1966, as Best Composer and Lyricist with collaborator Dorothy Fields and his music a part of Best Musical nomination for "Sweet Charity"; in 1974, as Best Score (Musical), his music with Fields' lyrics, for "Seesaw"; in 1977, Best Score, his music with Michael Stewart's lyrics for "I Love My Wife"; in 1980, as Best Score with Stewart's lyrics and as a co-producer of Best Musical nominee "Barnum"; and in 1997, as Best Original Score, his music with lyrics by Ira Gasman, as Best Book (Musical) with collaborators Gasman and David Newman, and as co-producer of Best Musical nominee "The Life.".
6 Father, with wife Shelby, of a daughter, Lily Cye, born in 2000.
7 On Friday 19 November 2004 the lights in all Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor and memory.
8 He was a classical trained child prodigy and made his Carnegie Hall debut at age seven.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Celebrity Big Brother 2012 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2011 TV Series music - 1 episode
Tower Heist 2011 writer: "Hey, Look Me Over" aka "Hey, Fightin' Tigers"
Glee TV Series writer - 1 episode, 2011 music - 1 episode, 2010
Queen: Days of Our Lives 2011 TV Movie documentary music: "Hey Big Spender" - uncredited
The Apprentice 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dokonalý svet 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Confessions of a Horror Baby TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2010 music - 1 episode, 2010
Dancing with the Stars 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
iTunes Festival London 2010 2010 TV Series music - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance TV Series music - 3 episodes, 2009 - 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2009 lyrics - 1 episode, 2006
5 Star Day 2010 writer: "The Best Is Yet To Come"
House M.D. 2010 TV Series music - 1 episode
BBC Electric Proms 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel 2009 Documentary writer: "Playboy's Theme" Instrumental
The X Factor 2008 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
20 to 1 2008 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance Australia 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idols! 2004-2008 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Nancy LaMott: I'll Be Here with You 2008 Video writer: "The Best Is Yet to Come"
Divas of Disco 2007 Video writer: "If My Friends Could See Me Now"
American Masters 1999-2007 TV Series documentary music - 2 episodes
Grow Your Own 2007 writer: "Big Spender"
The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2007 TV Special music: "Look Around"
The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance 2007 writer: "Hey Big Spender"
Tony Bennett: An American Classic 2006 TV Special writer: "The Best Is Yet to Come"
Tony Bennett: Duets - The Making of an American Classic 2006 Video music: "The Best is Yet to Come"
Inland Empire 2006 writer: "The Colors of My Life"
Bernard and Doris 2006 writer: "The Best Is Yet to Come"
Torvill & Dean's Dancing on Ice 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Suite Dreams 2006 music: "If My Friends Could See Me Now"
Las Vegas 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nynne 2005 lyrics: "Big Spender" / writer: "Big Spender"
Bewitched 2005 music: "Witchcraft" 1957
The 59th Annual Tony Awards 2005 TV Special writer: "Big Spender", "If My Friends Could See Me Now", "I'm a Brass Band"
Son of the Mask 2005 writer: "If My Friends Could See Me Now"
Idool 2004 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Playboy: 50 Years of Playmates 2004 Video documentary writer: "Playboy's Theme For Playboy"
Singapore Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mr 3000 2004 writer: "The Best is Yet to Come"
Great Performances TV Series 1 episode, 2004 music - 1 episode, 2001
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers 2004 writer: "Big Spender"
Huips 2004 TV Movie arranger: "Big Spender" / lyrics: "Big Spender" - as Coleman / writer: "Big Spender"
7th Heaven 2003-2004 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Idols 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deutschland sucht den Superstar 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Guy Thing 2003 writer: "The Best Is Yet To Come"
Sinatra: The Classic Duets 2002 TV Movie documentary music: "Witchcraft" - uncredited
Martine 2002 TV Movie music: "Nobody Does it Like Me'
The King of Queens 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion 2002 TV Movie documentary writer: "Playboy's Theme"
Great Performances: Dance in America 2001 TV Series music - 1 episode
Grounded for Life 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Heartbreakers 2001 writer: "The Best Is Yet To Come"
Mirrorball 2000 TV Short music: "The Rhythm of Life" - uncredited
What Women Want 2000 writer: "The Best Is Yet To Come"
Lucky Numbers 2000 writer: "Big Spender"
Space Cowboys 2000 writer: "THE BEST IS YET TO COME"
Freaks and Geeks 2000 TV Series music - 1 episode
Circus 2000 writer: "Big Spender"
Return to Me 2000 music: "The Best Is Yet to Come"
Saving Grace 2000 writer: "Witchcraft"
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? 1999 writer: "Big Spender"
The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1999 TV Special music: "Boom Boom"
Caroline in the City 1999 TV Series music - 1 episode
Analyze This 1999 writer: "The Best Is Yet To Come"
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Corruptor 1999 writer: "The Best Is Yet to Come"
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show 1998 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Little Voice 1998 music: "Big Spender"
Ronin 1998 writer: "Our Favorite Son"
From the Earth to the Moon 1998 TV Mini-Series writer - 2 episodes
The Game 1997 writer: "The Best Is Yet To Come"
South Park 1997 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shooting Stars 1997 writer: "Doop doo de doop a doodling'song"
The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1997 TV Special music: "My Body"
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1997 TV Series music - 1 episode
Muppets Tonight 1996 TV Series music - 1 episode
Beautiful Thing 1996 as Coleman, "Big Spender"
Ik ben je moeder niet 1996 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Simpsons 1991-1996 TV Series 3 episodes
Today 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mickey's Fun Songs: Let's Go to the Circus 1994 Video short music: "Join the Circus"
Baywatch 1993 TV Series music - 1 episode
Look Who's Talking Now 1993 writer: "Witchcraft"
Hocus Pocus 1993 writer: "Witchcraft"
Hoffa 1992 writer: "Hey Look Me Over"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1992 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Un, dos, tres... responda otra vez 1992 TV Series music - 2 episodes
Fish Police 1992 TV Series music - 1 episode
Sharon, Lois & Bram Sing A to Z 1992 Video "Come Follow the Band"
Off and Running 1991 writer: "BIG SPENDER"
The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1991 TV Special music: "Will-A-Mania", "Favorite Son"
Madonna: Truth or Dare 1991 Documentary writer: "Big Spender"
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 TV Special documentary music: "The Best Is Yet to Come" - uncredited
Twin Peaks 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1990 TV Special music: "What You Don't Know About Women", "You're Nothing Without Me"
Cold Justice 1989 writer: "BIG SPENDER"
E.M.U. TV 1989 TV Series music - 1 episode
Frank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event 1989 TV Special documentary music: "Witchcraft" - uncredited
Scandal 1989 music: "Witchcraft"
Queen: Rare Live - A Concert Through Time and Space 1989 Video writer: "Big Spender/Jailhouse Rock/Stupid Cupid"
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 writer: "Witchcraft" - as Coleman
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC 1988 TV Special lyrics: "Comedy Ain't No Joke" / music: "Comedy Ain't No Joke"
The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1986 TV Special music: "I'm a Brass Band"
Queen Live at Wembley '86 1986 TV Movie documentary writer: "Big Spender"
Bassey: You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet 1985 Video music: "Nobody Does It Like Me", "Big Spender"
National Lampoon's European Vacation 1985 writer: "Big Spender" - uncredited
The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1985 TV Special music: "Hey, Look Me Over!", "I've Got Your Number", "Big Spender", "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This", "If My Friends Could See Me Now", "It's Not Where You Start", "Join the Circus", "Our Private World", "Hey There, Good Times", "You There in the Back Row" / performer: "You There in the Back Row"
That's Dancing! 1985 Documentary music: "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This"
Micki + Maude 1984 writer: "Witchcraft"
Emu's All Live Pink Windmill Show 1984 TV Series music - 2 episodes
Blame It on Rio 1984 music: "Blame It On Rio", "I Must Be Doing Something Right"
Parade of Stars 1983 TV Movie music: "If My Friends Could See Me Now"
Emu's World 1983 TV Series music - 1 episode
Sinatra: Concert for the Americas 1982 Video music: "The Best Is Yet To Come" - uncredited
The Man and His Music 1981 TV Movie music: "The Best Is Yet to Come" - uncredited
The 34th Annual Tony Awards 1980 TV Special music: "Come Follow the Band", "There Is a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute"
The First 40 Years 1980 TV Special music: "The Best Is Yet to Come" - uncredited
One Day at a Time TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 1979 music - 1 episode, 1979
Playboy's Roller Disco & Pajama Party 1979 TV Special writer: "Playboy's Theme" - uncredited
Rock Concert 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Muppet Show 1976-1979 TV Series music - 3 episodes
Candy Goes to Hollywood 1979 writer: "Hey Big Spender" - uncredited
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards 1978 TV Special music: "On The Twentieth Century"
Grease Day USA 1978 TV Movie documentary music: "If My Friends Could See Me Now" - uncredited
The Midnight Special 1978 TV Series music - 1 episode
The 31st Annual Tony Awards 1977 TV Special music: "I Love My Wife", "Married Couple Seeks Married Couple", "Hey There, Good Times"
The Sonny and Cher Show 1976 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
The Morecambe & Wise Show 1975 TV Series music - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Graham Kennedy Show 1973-1975 TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Double Header 1974 writer: "Big Spender" - uncredited
The Heartbreak Kid 1972 music: "The Theme From the Heartbreak Kid"
Columbo 1972 TV Series 1 episode
Tony Bennett at the Talk of the Town 1972 TV Mini-Series music - 1 episode
Die Rudi Carrell Show 1970 TV Series music - 1 episode
Petticoat Junction 1969 TV Series music - 1 episode
In Melbourne Tonight 1969 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey: On Broadway 1969 TV Movie music: "If My Friends Could See Me Now"
Sweet Charity 1969 music: "My Personal Property", "Big Spender", "Rich Man's Frug", "If My Friends Could See Me Now", "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This", "It's a Nice Face", "The Rhythm of Life", "Sweet Charity", "I'm a Brass Band", "I Love to Cry at Weddings", "Where Am I Going?" - uncredited
Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing 1968 TV Movie music: "Wherre Am I Going?" - uncredited
A Family Thing 1968 TV Special writer: "A Doodlin' Song"
The Lucy Show 1967 TV Series music - 1 episode
Center Stage 1967 TV Mini-Series music - 1 episode
A Man Called Adam 1966 music: "Playboy Theme" "Crack Up"
The Hollywood Palace 1966 TV Series music - 1 episode
Shindig! TV Series music - 3 episodes, 1965 writer - 2 episodes, 1965
Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music 1965 TV Special music: "Witchcraft" - uncredited
The Art of Love 1965 writer: "M'sieur"
The Red Skelton Hour 1965 TV Series music - 1 episode
Father Goose 1964 music: "Pass Me By"
The Dick Van Dyke Show TV Series music - 1 episode, 1964 writer - 1 episode, 1963
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1961 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Make Room for Daddy 1960 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Frank Sinatra's Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley 1960 TV Special writer: "Witchcraft" uncredited, "Witchcraft"
The Frank Sinatra Show 1958 TV Series music - 1 episode
Recording Session 1951 Short arranger: "A Paganini Theme" / performer: "You're Driving Me Crazy", "Alouette", "A Paganini Theme"
Strictly Come Dancing 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena 2016 TV Series music - 1 episode
Coronation Street TV Series writer - 1 episode, 2016 music - 1 episode, 1964
Mi gran noche 2015 writer: "The Rich Man's Frug"
Wimbledon 2015 TV Series music - 1 episode
The 69th Annual Tony Awards 2015 TV Movie music: "On the Twentieth Century", "I've Got It All", "Babette"
Fifty Shades of Grey 2015 writer: "WITCHCRAFT"
Think Like a Man Too 2014 writer: "Big Spender"
Dancing on Ice 2014 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
The Blacklist 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Hustle 2013 writer: "I've Got Your Number"
Sleepy Hollow 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2005-2013 TV Series writer - 6 episodes
Bunheads 2013 TV Series music - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Great Performances 1992 TV Series 1 episode
The Will Rogers Follies 1991 TV Movie
Family Business 1989
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC 1988 TV Special music by
Power 1986
Garbo Talks 1984
Song by Song 1979 TV Series 1 episode
Gypsy in My Soul 1976 TV Movie
Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now 1974 TV Movie
Sweet Charity 1969
The Art of Love 1965
Father Goose 1964
The Troublemaker 1964

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Girls Next Door 2009 TV Series composer - 1 episode
Midsomer Murders 2004 TV Series composer - 1 episode
Hocus Pocus 1993 song
Family Business 1989 music arranger
Barnum! 1986 TV Movie music by / vocal and dance arrangements
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 TV Special documentary special musical material
Gypsy in My Soul 1976 TV Movie arranger
Sweet Charity 1969 from the New York stage production music by / music by
Ride to Hangman's Tree 1967 composer: stock music - uncredited
The Troublemaker 1964 conductor / music arranger
Art Ford's Greenwich Village Party 1957 TV Series musical director

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Recording Session 1951 Short Cy Coleman - Leader of Cy Coleman Trio

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now 1974 TV Movie

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gypsy in My Soul 1976 TV Movie producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fever: The Music of Peggy Lee 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
American Masters 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Book of a Musical & Best Original Score
The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story 1996 Documentary Himself
Great Love Songs 1995 TV Movie Himself
The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1991 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Original Score
The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1990 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Original Score
Great Performances 1987 TV Series Himself
The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1985 TV Special Himself - Musician
Garbo Talks 1984 Himself (uncredited)
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards 1978 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Original Score
The Mike Douglas Show 1972-1977 TV Series Himself - Composer / Himself
The David Frost Show 1970-1972 TV Series Himself
The Joan Rivers Show 1969 TV Series Himself
Juke Box Jury 1967 TV Series Himself - Panellist
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964 TV Series Himself - Guest
Playboy's Penthouse 1959 TV Series Himself
Art Ford's Greenwich Village Party 1957 TV Series Himself
Starlit Time 1950 TV Series Himself (as Cy Coleman Trio)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1976 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music Gypsy in My Soul (1976) · William O. Harbach (executive producer)
· Fred Ebb (producer)
· Shirley MacLaine (performer)
1975 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now (1974) · Bob Wells (writer)
· John Bradford (writer)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1988 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC (1988) · James Lipton (composer/lyricist)
1976 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Special Gypsy in My Soul (1976)
1976 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Musical Material Gypsy in My Soul (1976) · Fred Ebb
1976 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction Gypsy in My Soul (1976) · Donn Trenner (conductor)
1975 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Achievement in Special Musical Material Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now (1974) · Bob Wells (composer)
1970 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation) Sweet Charity (1969)


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