He composed songs such as “Witchcraft” and “The Best Is Yet To Come” and wrote the classic musicals Sweet Charity, On the Twentieth Century, Barnum, City of Angels, and The Will Rogers Follies. His name: Cy Coleman, the subject of a remarkable new biography YOU FASCINATE ME SO by journalist and author Andy Propst. Propst will be joining Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 17, 3 pm ET, along with performers Michele Lee, Lucie Arnaz and Mrs. Cy Coleman for a show-stopping conversation about the man and his music.
Andy Propst, the author of YOU FASCINATE ME SO, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CY COLEMAN is a journalist whose career has encompassed work with New York Shakespeare Festival founder, Joseph Papp and Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe, as well as five years on-air at XM Satellite Radio’s XM 28 On Broadway channel. His writing has appeared in the Village Voice, Time Out New York, Backstage and the Sondheim Review.
Award-winning actress and performer Lucie Arnaz is the daughter of Hollywood royalty. Her mother, Lucille Ball and her dad, Desi Arnaz, Lucy and Ricky on I Love Lucy. Ball starred in Cy Coleman’s WILDCAT. Lucie Arnaz built her own career with grit and grind, acting in television, and film, including in THE JAZZ SINGER with Neil Diamond for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe. Ultimately she made her mark on Broadway in a host of productions beginning with the musical THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG. She headlined the first national tour of Cy Coleman’s mega-hit musical SEESAW.
Emmy Award Nominee and a two-time Tony nominee Michele Lee starred as the loveable and quirky Gittel Mosca in the original production of the Coleman/ Dorothy Fields musical SEESAW, for which she won the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Award for Best Actress. Lee has been a favorite of audiences since she caught their attention on the 50s TV show THE MANY LOVES OF DOBBIE GILLIS. She made her Broadway debut in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING with Rudy Valle and a young Robert Morse. Later she joined us in our living rooms as Karen Fairgate on the long run of the nighttime soap opera KNOTT’S LANDING.
Michele Lee, Lucie Arnaz, Andy Propst, Shelby Coleman on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show when we look at the life, times and music of composer Cy Coleman on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.
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