July 21, 2009 |
Cy Coleman's music has a way of sounding chipper even when the lyrics from one of his songwriting partners are scathingly sardonic. This spritzy irony between words and notes is part of Coleman's signature showmanship. Just because you're jangled and jaded doesn't mean you don't deserve an old-fashioned orchestra kick. That brassy fullness is on dapper display in "The Best Is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman," receiving its world premiere at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura. A celebratory revue devised and directed by lyricist David Zippel, who won a Tony for the score he and Coleman wrote for "City of Angels," the production surveys Coleman's catalog, plucking out glittering pop standards, sparkling Broadway tunes (including a few deliciously bawdy ones)
November 30, 2003 |
It all started with a phone call. About two years ago, Billy Taylor called Oscar-winning lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman wanting to commission a jazz song cycle for Washington's Kennedy Center, where Taylor serves as artistic advisor for jazz. "I said, 'Yes ... but what's a jazz song cycle?' " Marilyn Bergman recalls. "And he said, 'Anything you want it to be.' " Who could resist?
May 25, 1998
A special performance of "On the Twentieth Century," the madcap 1978 musical set in the '30s by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Cy Coleman, will be held June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Colony Studio Theatre, 1944 Riverside Drive, Silver Lake, to benefit Equity Fights AIDS. Tickets are $25. Information: (213) 665-3011.
April 3, 1990 |
From Broadway to the 'City of Angels'?"City of Angels" may be on its way to the City of the Angels. The producers of the Larry Gelbart/Cy Coleman Broadway musical hope to begin previews Oct. 9 for a Century City production at the Shubert Theatre, said co-producer Roger Berlind. A spokesman for the Shubert Organization confirmed that "the intention is to have the show out here as soon as possible, but there is no booking at the moment."
December 13, 1989 |
Sometimes the show doesn't go on-even with good reviews. "City of Angels," which opened Monday, canceled today's matinee and evening performances because one of its stars, Gregg Edelman, has laryngitis. He is expected back Thursday, spokesman Bill Evans said. The musical, a parody of 1940's Hollywood detective movies, opened to mostly favoritie reviews and took in more thatn $324,000 Tuesday, the day the notices appeared, Evans said. The $4.
December 13, 2003
A group of us were shocked at the positive review of the schlock the Mark Taper Forum is offering audiences this month ("Likable 'Jazz' Gets in the Swing of Things," by Reed Johnson, Dec. 5). We were attracted to the show by the famous names of composer Cy Coleman, writer Larry Gelbart, lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman, choreographer Patricia Birch and director Gordon Davidson. What a waste of good talent. "Like Jazz" is a bland cabaret act -- not theater. Why pay major dollars for a Broadway show that should have been presented in an intimate club?