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Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh – Real Live Girl

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This week we’re delighted to bring you the recently discovered original demo of Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh‘s “Real Live Girl” sung by the writers themselves! The song was written for and sung by Sid Caesar in the hit 1962 Broadway musical Little Me which went on to be nominated for 10 Tony Awards. Jack Jones’ suave & stylish interpretation would find success on his 1963 album She Loves Me.

Cy & Carolyn met at the Brill Building in the late-1950s and would go on to create music history together with standards like “The Best Is Yet To Come” originally cut by Tony Bennett, “Witchcraft” for Frank Sinatra, “Pass Me By” recorded by Peggy Lee and written for the Cary Grant film Father Goose, and “Hey Look Me Over” for the 1960 musical Wildcat starring Lucille Ball just to name a few.

Both writers would come to admit in interviews that their collaborative relationship would often result in “legendary battles”. Coleman blamed her possessiveness and jealousy of his work with his jazz trio and Leigh summed it up as “we were young…there were a couple of very sensitive egos involved”. They would manage to reconcile differences for the most part, even renting summer homes in the Hamptons close enough for Cy to swim over for an afternoon of writing. Sadly their creative partnership would eventually buckle under the strain of the London premiere of Little Me in 1963 but their extremely prolific five years together would produce some of the most clever, catchy, sophisticated tunes ever to grace the Great American Songbook!

unnamed 241x300 Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh   Real Live Girl

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Publishing controlled by Notable Music Co. ASCAP (Cy Coleman)
Contact: Damon Booth/
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw/
Publishing controlled by Carwin Music Co. Inc ASCAP (Carolyn Leigh)
Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.
Master controlled by Notable Music Co. Inc.

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Little Me (1962 Original Broadway Cast) – I Love You

As far as top tier musical theater pedigree goes, it would be hard to beat the combined talents of Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Bob Fosse. When you add in lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and the comedic chops of the great Sid Caesar, you get the hilarious 1962 Tony-award winning classic, Little Me. This week’s Top Tune is perhaps the funniest, most unflinchingly honest ode to undying love there ever was.

LITTLEME cast phE 300x203 Little Me (1962 Original Broadway Cast)   I Love You

Neil Simon had worked with Caesar during the 1950′s on Your Show of Shows which TV Guide calls “one of the greatest television shows of all-time”. The chance to team up again with Sid and to work with with Bob Fosse drew Simon to the project. “With the exception of Jerome Robbins, for my money Fosse was the best choreographer who ever worked in the theater.” wrote Simon in his memoir, Rewrites: A Memoir. Simon, Fosse and Coleman would reunite for another smash hit musical, the iconic Sweet Charity in 1966.

Little Me’s latest revival will star Tony-award winner, Christian Borle (Smash, Angels in America, Legally Blonde) who will play the multiple roles of Belle Poitrine’s husbands and lovers and the great Rachel York (City of Angeles, Les Miserables) will star as Belle. You can catch it all February 5-9, Encores! at NY City Center.

Borle after Tonys 300x168 Little Me (1962 Original Broadway Cast)   I Love You

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Published by Notable Music Co. Inc (Cy Coleman). Contact: Damon Booth – Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw / & Carwin Music Co. Inc (Carolyn Leigh)/Administered by EMI U. Catalog Inc.

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