Posts Tagged ‘Cy Coleman’

Nancy Adams – He’s Stuck in the Chimney Again

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While stumbling around in the tape vault a couple of years ago we came across this little gem, the original 1966 demo for Cy Coleman‘s “He’s Stuck in the Chimney Again”.

The music is by Coleman (who was riding high at the time with Peggy Lee’s #1 pop hit “Big Spender”, a song from the Broadway production of his hit musical, Sweet Charity) and the lyrics are by Floyd Huddleston. Coleman and Huddleston had enjoyed some chart success with “Sweet Talk” recorded by Damita Jo for Mercury Records the year before. The vocal is sung by Huddleston’s wife Nancy Adams, who is also the lovely voice behind Maid Marian from Disney’s 1973 film Robin Hood.

Please enjoy this superb version by the Jon Rauhouse Orchestra feat. Rachel Flotard of Visqueen!

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Contact & Licensing Info
“He’s Stuck in the Chimney Again” – Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP)
Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master controlled by Notable Music Co.

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Barnum London Revival

tn 500 thecompanyofbarnum.picbynobbyclark Barnum London RevivalTony Award-winning musical Barnum opens tonight at the Menier Chocolate Factory!
Barnum, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Michael Stewart, and a book by Mark Bramble, tells the story of PT Barnum, the greatest showman on Earth! The London revival, starring Marcus Brigstocke as PT Barnum and directed by Gordon Greenberg (Guys and Dolls) will run through March 3rd. Click HERE for more info.

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Barnum (1980 Original Broadway Cast) – One Brick At a Time

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This week’s Top Tune salutes the launch of esteemed theater company Menier Chocolate Factory London‘s upcoming revival of Cy Coleman‘s 1980 hit Broadway musical Barnum. Winner of 3 Tony’s and starring Jim Dale, Glenn Close and Kevin Kline, the original Broadway production (based on the life of “the greatest showman on earth”, P.T. Barnum) ran for 854 performances at The St. James Theater and spawned several successful touring productions in London, Australia, and Madrid.

The musical features a score by Coleman (who was also a producer of the show), lyrics by Michael Stewart and a book by Mark Bramble. The original director-choreographer Joe Layton deftly turned the theatre into a circus combining real life circus performers with musical theater singers and dancers. This London revival runs November 25 through March 3rd and is directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Rebecca Howell and features Marcus Brigstocke as P.T. Barnum.

We’re thrilled to note that the UK revival coincides with the release of a new recording of the score; Harbinger Records along with The Musical Theater Project presents the Barnum Backers’ Audition. Backers’ auditions are the stuff of theatrical lore (explains Coleman biographer Andy Propst). A composer and lyricist set up in a living room or perhaps a restaurant somewhere in Manhattan and, in front of well-heeled potential investors for the newest show, set about performing what they’ve created. If all goes well, at the end of the informal presentation, checks are written or financial commitments are made, allowing the producers to proceed with starting the show to Broadway. The recording is a rare and joyous look into the birth of a major musical performed by the authors themselves!

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Contact & Licensing Info:

“One Brick At a Time” music: Cy Coleman, lyrics: Michael Stewart. Published by Notable Music Co. ASCAP
Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing / Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master controlled by Sony Music Group

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Fiona Apple – Why Try to Change Me Now

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So let people wonder
Let ‘em laugh
Let ‘em frown
You know I’ll love you
Till the moon’s upside down
Don’t you remember
I was always your clown
Why try to change me now

“Why Try To Change Me Now” was one of Cy Coleman‘s first major hits… recorded in 1959 by a ‘lil crooner named Frank Sinatra. Over the years such diverse artists as Sammy Davis Jr with Count Basie, Bob Dylan, and Elvin Jones have recorded beautifully unique interpretations of this classic ballad. Fiona’s 2009 reading absolutely floors anyone who listens, and she tackles the tune in a way that truly makes it her own. Apple’s vocals, as per usual, are stunning – that mix of vulnerability and confidence that only she can exude. We are honored that she chose to cut this and another Cy classic (“I Walk A Little Faster”) for The Best Is Yet to Come, The Songs of Cy Coleman tribute album.

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Contact & Licensing Info
Written by Cy Coleman & Joseph A. McCarthy. Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (ASCAP)
Contact: Damon Booth info@notablemusic.net, Administered by Downtown Music Publishing contact: seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
For Joseph McCarthy: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP).
Master controlled by Notable Music Co. Inc.

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