Harbinger Records & The Musical Theater Project bring you a rare and historic recording, the actual Barnum backers’ audition performed by the songwriters of the score. Imagine yourself sitting in the lavish and fashionable East Side apartment of Maurice and Lois Rosenfield. You are plied with drinks and hors d’oeuvres and are entertained intimately by two legendary Broadway writers of a marvelous new score. Would you have invested in the show? Barnum with music by Cy Coleman & lyrics by Michael Stewart would eventually run at the St. James Theatre for 854 performances, win a Tony for the show’s star, Jim Dale, and launch the career of Glenn Close. It spawned a successful London production and countless regional and amateur productions since its opening night on April 30, 1980.
Available now for pre-order, get a glimpse behind the scenes at the birth a new musical comedy. Features extensive liner notes written by Coleman biographer Andy Propst. Click HERE to order.
Aug 15 2017
Hackney Empire London: On July 6th, 2016 BBC Radio 2′s Friday Night Is Music Night celebrates the life and work of the great composer Cy Coleman. Coleman gave Sinatra ‘Witchcraft’; Tony Bennett ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ and Sammy Davis Jr ‘The Rhythm of Life’. He was the six year old child prodigy who gave piano recitals at Carnegie Hall; he grew up to be one of the most successful songwriters and composers in musical theatre winning five Tony Awards, two Grammy’s and three Emmys; his shows included ‘Sweet Charity‘ starring Shirley Maclaine; ‘Wildcat‘ starring Lucille Ball, and ‘Barnum‘ which starred Jim Dale and Glen Close on Broadway and Michael Crawford in London.
Come celebrate the life and work of Cy Coleman with the 60 piece BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Mike Reed (Barnum, Sunset Boulevard) and a stellar cast from London’s West End. Click HERE for tickets and info.
May 05 2016
Four stars: “The lights, acrobatics and dancing went into overdrive as the show drew to a close and I’d defy anyone not to go home singing Come Follow The Band”. – The Bristol Post. “Barnum at the Bristol Hippodrome is good old fashioned music hall entertainment at its best”. - Bristol Culture. “Brian Conley wows audiences at Bristol Hippodrome” – Bristol Newslocker. Cy Coleman, Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart’s Award-winning musical, Barnum, stars Brian Conley and Linzi Hateley and plays 22 venues throughout the UK now thru August 1 – 2015. Click here for full list of dates. Produced by Cameron Mackintosh.
Sep 21 2014
During his lengthy career writing pop standards and Tony-award winning musicals, Cy Coleman, the recording artist, had released many great jazz trio and vocal recordings from the late 1950s through the 1980s. He would even own his own jazz club for a short time in New York City called The Playroom.
In 2002, Cy returned to his roots and recorded one final album for Sony entitled, It Started With a Dream. The album’s special guest featured Tony Bennett singing The Colors of My Life (originally written for the 1980 Tony-award winning Broadway musical, Barnum). This great performance is a fitting testament to Tony & Cy’s long friendship & mutual success and just maybe to Mr. Bennett’s life-long passion as a painter as well.
In 2006 famed director David Lynch included an instrumental version of the song in the film and soundtrack to Inland Empire that starred Laura Dern, Justin Theroux, Harry Dean Stanton, Jeremy Irons, and Diane Ladd. The Gaurdian rated the film one of the “10 most underrated movies of the decade”. The soundtrack was mostly composed and performed by Lynch himself and also included Beck and Nina Simone. The soundtrack version showcases The Colors of My Life’s timeless melody, you can give it a listen HERE.
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Apr 23 2014