Cy Coleman

Composer, Producer, Arranger
A classically-trained child prodigy and concert pianist turned popular songwriter and Broadway tunesmith, Coleman made his Carnegie Hall debut at age seven and by his late teens had become somewhat of a society darling ... Read more »
Born: 06/14/1929 in Bronx, New York, USA


Music (44)

Fifty Shades of Grey 2015 (Movie)

("Witchcraft") (Song)

Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks 2014 (Movie)

("The Best is Yet to Come") (Song)

Think Like a Man Too 2014 (Movie)

("Big Spender") (Song)

American Hustle 2013 (Movie)

("I've Got Your Number") (Song)

Hef's Runaway Bride 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


Tower Heist 2011 (Movie)

"Hey, Look Me Over" Aka "Hey, Fightin' Tigers" (Song)

Inland Empire 2006 (Movie)

("The Colors Of My Life") (Song)

Bewitched 2005 (Movie)

("Witchcraft") (Song)

Son of the Mask 2005 (Movie)

("If My Friends Could See Me Now") (Song)

Mr. 3000 2004 (Movie)

("The Best Is Yet To Come") (Song)

A Guy Thing 2003 (Movie)

("The Best Is Yet To Come") (Song)

From Broadway: Fosse 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Dancing With Divas: A G-String Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Circus 2000 (Movie)

("Big Spender") (Song)

Return to Me 2000 (Movie)

("The Best Is Yet to Come") (Song)

Saving Grace 2000 (Movie)

("Witchcraft") (Song)

What Women Want 2000 (Movie)

("The Best Is Yet to Come") (Song)

Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

("The Best Is Yet To Come") (Song)

Ronin 1998 (Movie)

("Our Favorite Son") (Song)

Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Hocus Pocus 1993 (Movie)

("Witchcraft") (Song)

Look Who's Talking Now 1993 (Movie)

("Witchcraft") (Song)

Hoffa 1992 (Movie)

("Hey Look Me Over") (Song)

Family Business 1989 (Movie)


Blue City Slammers 1988 (Movie)

("Witchcraft") (Song)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit 1988 (Movie)

("Witchcraft") (Song)

Baryshnikov on Broadway 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Power 1986 (Movie)


Blame It on Rio 1984 (Movie)

("Blame It on Rio" "Song Two") (Music)

Garbo Talks 1984 (Movie)


Micki & Maude 1984 (Movie)

("Witchcraft") (Song)

This Is Elvis 1981 (Movie)

("Witchcraft") (Song)

The Heartbreak Kid 1972 (Movie)


Sweet Charity 1969 (Movie)

songs("My Personal Property" "I'm a Brass Band" "If My Friends Could See Me Now" "The Rhythm of Life" "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This" "I Love to Cry at Weddings" "Hey Big Spender") (Song)

Sweet Charity 1969 (Movie)


The Art of Love 1965 (Movie)


Father Goose 1964 (Movie)

("Pass Me By") (Song)

Father Goose 1964 (Movie)


The Troublemaker 1963 (Movie)


Bernard and Doris (TV Show)

Actor (4)

Broadway '97: Launching the Tonys 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The 45th Annual Tony Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Writer (2)

Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)


Sweet Charity 1969 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)
Other (1)

People's 20th Birthday 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)



A classically-trained child prodigy and concert pianist turned popular songwriter and Broadway tunesmith, Coleman made his Carnegie Hall debut at age seven and by his late teens had become somewhat of a society darling, performing jazz piano in sophisticated New York nightclubs. By the 1950s, he turned to composing pop standards (with lyricists Joseph McCarthy Jr, Bob Hilliard and Hal David) for the likes of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole and ran his own New York nightspot, The Playroom.


Shelby Brown

together since c. 1992 married on October 1, 1997

Max Kaufman

immigrant from Bessarabia (between Romania and Russia)

Ida Kaufman

immigrant from Bessarabia


studied music with Rudolph Gruen, Adele Marcus, Bernard Wagenaar, and Hall Overton

first studied with Constance Talerico

New York City College of Music

New York , New York 1948

by the time Coleman had graduated high school, had taken eight years of counterpoint and studied orchestration

High School of Music and Art

New York , New York 1947



Received Carnegie Hall tribute in evening of compositions performed by the New York Pops (January 18)


Provided the score for "Grace, The Musical", a fictionalized stage biography of Grace Kelly; opened in Amsterdam


Co-wrote the book and composed the music to "The Life", a musical about the denizens of NYC's 42nd Street in the 1970s


Picked up third Tony Award for second collaboration with Comden & Green, "The Will Rogers Follies"


Received second Tony for the score to "City of Angels" (lyrics by David Zippel)


Wrote third film score for a Lumet-directed project, "Family Business"


Provided the dramatic underscore for "Power", directed by Lumet


Scored the film "Garbo Talks", helmed by Sydney Lumet


Debut as Broadway producer, "Barnum"; also composed the score to Michael Stewart's lyrics


Collaborated with Betty Comden & Adolph Green on the Broadway musical "On the Twentieth Century"; won first Tony Award


Scored a hit on Broadway with "I Love My Wife", a musical about swapping spouses


Provided special material and served as music arranger on McLaine's concert tour which included a stint on Broadway


With Fred Ebb, produced "Gypsy in My Soul", a TV variety special starring Shirley MacLaine; picked up second Emmy for writing the special


Wrote music and special material for the CBS special "Shirley MacLaine: If They Could See Me Now"; received Emmy Award


Returned to Broadway as composer of "Seesaw", a musical based on the play "Two for the Seesaw"


Reunited with book writer Simon and lyricist Leigh for "Sweet Charity", a musical inspired by Fellini's "The Nights of Cabiria"


First feature as music director, "Father Goose"; also contributed song "Pass Me By"


Reteamed with lyricist Carolyn Leigh on "Little Me", adapted from Patrick Dennis' novel by Neil Simon


Composed score for first book musical, "Wildcat" (with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh)


Wrote first incidental music for Broadway, the non-musical play, "Compulsion" (also musical director)


Broadway composing debut: contributed some musical sketches (including the song "Tin Pan Alley") to the revue "John Murray Anderson's Almanac"


Composed music for TV show, "The S.S. Holiday"


Began performing as a pianist in US nightclubs


Wrote first classical work, "Sonata in Seven Flats" (Carnegie Hall debut of work was cancelled) at age 17


Made Carnegie Hall debut at age seven


Played at Steinway Hall and entered a competition at Town Hall at age six


Got first piano at age four when tenant in building mother owned skipped out on rent and left it behind

Joined with pop songwriter Joseph McCarthy Jr.; wrote their first pop song, "Why Try to Change Me Now", recorded by Frank Sinatra; then wrote "I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life", recorded by Nat King Cole

Became music director for TV's "The Les Crane Show"

Member of house band, "The Cy Coleman Trio" on "The Andy and Della Russell Show"

Performed in Catskills when father moved there to build houses

Composed three preludes

Acquired own night club, The Playroom in the mid-1950s

Wrote pop hits with lyricists Bob Hilliard and Hal David

Formed own music publishing firm, Notable Music

Bonus Trivia


Coleman does not celebrate his birthday, preferring to celebrate Flag Day instead.


Discussing the diversity of his musical styles, Cy Coleman explains: If I have a song that becomes a hit, chances are I won't go and write that song again. A lot of people continue along the same style and milk it and people will ask you to do that. Somehow that perversity in me remains, and I'll go off to the other side of something." ("Notes on Broadway", 1987)


Coleman has appeared with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony Pops, the Detroit Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the San Antonio, and the Fort Worth Orchestras as well as many others.


Coleman is a Westminster, Capitol, Columbia, M.G.M. and London Records recording artist.


Coleman received the LaGuardia Memorial Award (1961)


He is president of Notable Records Company and Notable Music Company.


He was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1992.


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