You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman

You Fascinate Me So: The Life and Times of Cy Coleman

by Andy Propst


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(Applause Books). He penned songs such as "Witchcraft" and "The Best Is Yet to Come" (signature tunes for Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, respectively) and wrote such musicals as Sweet Charity , I Love My Wife , On the Twentieth Century , and The Will Rogers Follies yet his life has gone entirely unexplored until now. You Fascinate Me So takes readers into the world and work of Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning composer/performer Cy Coleman, exploring his days as a child prodigy in the 1930s, his time as a hot jazz pianist and early television celebrity in the 1950s, and his life as one of Broadway's preeminent composers. This first-time biography of Coleman has been written with the full cooperation of his estate, and it is filled with previously unknown details about his body of work. Additionally, interviews with colleagues and friends, including Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Ken Howard, Michele Lee, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth, Hal Prince, Chita Rivera, and Tommy Tune, provide insight into Coleman's personality and career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480355903
Publisher: Applause
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Series: Applause Books Series
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Shelby Coleman ix

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

1 "Baby Dream Your Dream" 1

2 "Tall Hope" 9

3 "Hey, Look Me Over!" 19

4 "Be a Performer" 29

5 "It's Not Where You Start…" 39

6 "Tin Pan Alley" 47

7 "I'm Gonna Laugh You Out of My Life" 57

8 "Witchcraft" 69

9 "In Pursuit of Happiness" 81

10 Wildcat 95

11 "The Best Is Yet to Come" 111

12 Little Me 121

13 "Poor Little Hollywood Star" 141

14 Sweet Charity Onstage 155

15 "In Tune" 173

16 Sweet Charity Onscreen 187

17 "After Forty, It's Patch, Patch, Patch" 199

18 Seesaw 211

19 "Bouncing Back for More" 229

20 I Love My Wife 239

21 On the Twentieth Century 251

22 Home Again, Home Again 267

23 Barnum 283

24 "Some Kind of Music" 301

25 "Good Intentions" 315

26 Welcome to the Club 327

27 City of Angels 339

28 The Will Rogers Follies 355

29 "If My Friends Could See Me Now" 371

30 The Life 379

31 "It Needs Work" 395

32 Finale 411

Coda 417

Select Bibliography 421

Notes 429

Index 459

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