Posts Tagged ‘Cy Coleman’

Barbara Cook – It’s Not Where You Start

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Barbara Cook, the legendary Soprano from Atlanta, a Broadway icon and recipient of a Kennedy Center honor in 2011, has passed away this past week at her home in NYC at age 89. Cook emerged onto the Broadway scene in 1957′s The Music Man for which she earned a Tony and originated performances in Candide, She Loves Me, Carousel, The King and I, and Show Boat.

After a battle with depression and alcoholism in the late 1960s, Cook would make a comeback in the mid-1970s in nightclubs, cabarets and concert halls that would last for the rest of her life. Cook sang for every US President from Carter to Clinton and won a Drama Desk Award for her solo 1987 show, A Concert For Theatre.

This week’s tune was recorded live at a 2004 Lincoln Center concert compiling some of Barbara’s favorite musical-theater tunes. “It’s Not Where You Start (It’s Where You Finish)” comes from the 1973 hit musical Seesaw with a score by Cy Coleman & Dorothy Fields.

When teaching master classes at the Julliard School in recent years, it’s been said that Cook often waved off her students’ preoccupation with vocal perfection, pushing them instead to get at the pain and joy beneath the notes. We had the pleasure of seeing the master at work one night performing at the Cafe Carlyle in 2008. Cook’s ability to transform a room and leave you hanging on every word is something we’ll never forget. Simply one of the most moving performances we’ve ever seen. Goodbye Barbara, thank you for your artistry!

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(Eartha Kitt, Cy Coleman, Barbara Cook)

Contact & Licensing info:
Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) & Lida Enterprises (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master Controlled by DRG.

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Barnum Backers’ Audition

18485263 1438962509513401 5298952236713106362 n Barnum Backers AuditionHarbinger 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.

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On The 20th Century Los Angeles

e6cca3 2a0d7b4548ac43f7a43cf92213e4cca7 mv2 1024x797 On The 20th Century Los AngelesCy Coleman‘s award-winning musical comedy On The Twentieth Century will be making a stop in Los Angeles Aug 4 through 27. Proof Doubt Closer Theatre Co. takes on this 1978 musical gem which most recently had a Broadway revival in 2015 starring Kristin Chenoweth in the lead. Tickets HERE.

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Dionne Warwick – Where Am I Going

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Brill Building songwriter Burt Bacharach noticed one particular back up singer on a Drifters session harmonizing on tune he wrote and would sign the singer to the production company he owned with his lyricist partner, Hal David in 1962. Dionne Warwick and her new writing team would go on to make pop music history, scoring massive hits with “Walk On By”, “Make It Easy On Yourself”, “Alfie”, and dozens more. Warwick is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time with over 80 singles making all Billboard charts combined.

This week’s Top Tune appears on her 1968 album Promises, Promises. Her 11th studio album, it was produced by Bacharach and David which included three songs from the musical they composed of the same name. “Where Am I Going” had been a big hit for composer Cy Coleman and lyricist Dorothy Fields from their own smash musical Sweet Charity two years earlier and the tune would enjoy more success with cuts by Barbara Streisand and Dusty Springfield during the same period.

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Contact & Licensing info:
Published by Notable Music Co. (ASCAP) & Lida Enterprises (ASCAP). Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing.
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master Controlled by Warner Music Group.

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