The Best is Yet to Come - A Star-Studded Tribute to Cy Coleman
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The last date listed for The Best is Yet to Come was Saturday November 6, 2004 / 8:00pm.
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Proceeds from this event will help benefit the Actor’s Fund.
During his illustrious career, Cy Coleman has won three Tony Awards, three Emmys and two Grammys
Artist scheduled to appear include:
Debbie Allen*, Christine Andreas, Lucie Arnaz, Liz Callaway, Keith Carradine*, Joy Claussen, Carole Cook, Tyne Daly, Nancy Dussault , Ilene Graff*, Cliffton Hall, Ken Howard*, Bill Hutton, Jane A. Johnston, Paula Kelly, Jane Lanier, Michele Lee*, Marin Mazzie, Rod McKuen, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Lisa Mordente, Jack Noseworthy, Valarie Pettiford, Charlotte Rae, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, John Schneider, Christopher Showerman, Mark Smith, Sally Struthers, Lillias White*, Jo Anne Worley, and Gretchen Wyler.
- Re-creating an original Broadway performance.
Directed by David Galligan
Musical Director: Ben LanzaroneAbout Cy Coleman:
Cy Coleman, whom one critic calls “a permanent jewel in Broadway’s musical crown,” is renowned as one of today’s most versatile and influential music creators. Best known for his numerous Broadway triumphs, Cy has also enjoyed success in motion pictures, recordings, TV and on the concert stage. His many honors include three Tony Awards, three Emmys, two Grammys, election to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, as well as recipient of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Johnny Mercer Award and The ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers Award for Lifetime Achievement in the American Musical Theater.
New York-born Cy was a child-prodigy who gave piano recitals at Steinway, Town and Carnegie Halls between the ages of six and nine. Before beginning his fabled Broadway career, Cy led a jazz trio, which made many recordings and was a much-in-demand club attraction. Once Cy turned his attention to songwriting, he scored big with such timeless standards as “Witchcraft” and “The Best Is Yet to Come.”
Cy Coleman’s winning streak as a Broadway composer began with Wildcat in 1960, which included “Hey Look Me Over.” Next was Little Me, which featured “Real Live Girl” and “I’ve Got Your Number.” Continuing his success, Cy’s collaboration with lyricist Dorothy Fields resulted in Sweet Charity, which introduced “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” The 1970s saw three more classic Coleman Broadway musicals, all Tony-winners I Seesaw, I Love My Wife and On the Twentieth Century. In 1980, Cy served as producer as well as composer for the smash, Barnum. And the 1990s brought more new Cy Coleman musicals to Broadway: City of Angels, The Will Rogers Follies, The Life, Exactly Like You and a new production of Little Me. In addition to Dorothy Fields, Cy has worked with many great Broadway lyricists, including Carolyn Leigh, Michael Stewart, David Zippel, A.E. Hotchner and Betty Comden & Adolph Green.
Cy Coleman film scores include Father Goose, The Art of Love, Garbo Talks and Family Business. In addition, Cy wrote Shirley MacLaine’s memorable television specials, If My Friends Could See Me Now and Gypsy in My Soul.