Coleman, Cy

Coleman, Cy (b. Seymour Kaufman)

(1929–  ) composer; born in New York City. In the 1950s, with such collaborators as Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden, Bob Fosse and Neil Simon, he began to write hit songs and scores for several landmark Broadway musicals including Wildcat (1960), Sweet Charity (1966), On the Twentieth Century (1978, Tony Award) and Barnum (1980). In the 1980s he wrote film scores and composed the music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Welcome to the Club (1989).
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