"Cy Coleman is a permanent gem in Broadway's musical crown."
So said the New York Post's esteemed critic, Clive Barnes, in one of his numerous enthusiastic reviews of the musical works of Cy Coleman. And as though to justify such accolades, Coleman's recent accomplishments include winning Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Score in consecutive years for "City of Angels" in 1990 and "The Will Rogers Follies" in 1991.
But Coleman has been turning out distinguished Broadway musicals for three decades. His first major hit score, in 1962, was for "Wildcat." The show brought Lucille Ball to her first starring role in a Broadway musical and produced the memorable "Hey, Look Me Over," which in addition to its status as a wonderful standard, became a theme song for many political campaigns as well as cities and towns, colleges and universities across the land.
Other Broadway smashes from Cy Coleman abound. Two years after "Wildcat," there was "Little Me," starring the incredible comedian, Sid Caesar, and producing such hit songs as "I've Got Your Number" and "Real Live Girl," "Sweet Charity," starring Gwen Verdon, and again including its share of major hit songs, such as "Big Spender" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now." The show also "played The Palace," resurrecting the venerable Broadway landmark after years of inactivity.
During the '70s, other Coleman Broadway attainments included "On the Twentieth Century," a musical version of the Carole Lombard/John Barrymore film of the '30s; "Seesaw," producing one of tlie earlier showcases for the talents of Tommy Tune and Michele Lee; and "I Love My Wife," scoring not only on Broadway, but…