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
Theatre in the Park – July 15th – Aug 31, Revival of Cy Coleman‘s hit musical, Barnum starring Christopher Fitzgerald as P.T. Barnum. “unstinting in its energy and euphoria levels” – The Daily Telegraph, “Cy Coleman’s songs stay with you long after the curtain falls” – Daily Mail. Click here for Tix & Info.
Jul 26 2013